5 Underrated Thrillers’ Most Epic Twist Endings

Looking for a twist? For today’s post, I’m putting together some of the most surprising titles that definitely deserve more love and recognition. And that’s not all; these books have some *really* unexpected endings! I will also be including a few spoilers, so if you’re planning to read one of these picks, just skip the Spoiler Alert part! Let’s dive in…

I. Date Night by Samantha Hayes

Did Libby have something to do with her 17-year-old nanny‘s disappearance? Why are we seeing her being transported in a police vehicle with blood under her fingernails? Does her husband’s alleged affair have something to do with all this?

The first few chapters of Date Night gave me the impression that this was just another one of those domestic thrillers/mysteries where the killer is “is closer than you think”, but the ending proves us wrong in the most shocking way! And the fact that the author thought of wrapping up this mystery with that conclusion is absolutely brilliant.

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SPOILER ALERT

It’s a domestic thriller…you know the gist…the husband DID kill the teenage nanny and he WAS having an affair with – drumroll, please – the nanny’s father: his longtime lover. We later find out that the teenager caught him with her father and that she wasn’t okay with it, making him feel like being gay is wrong, which only reminded him of the years of physical abuse his father inflicted on him as a child for his sexuality, so he took matters into his own hands, killed her and, oh, his mother helps him dispose of the body then soon turns herself in to protect her son. The nanny’s dad doesn’t realize his boyfriend is his daughter’s killer until the very end.

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II. Degrees of Guilt by H. S. Chandler

If you’re into legal thrillers, or someone who enjoys watching those jaw-dropping courtroom scenes from How To Get Away With Murder, Degrees of Guilt is for you. The book starts off with the main event – what drove Maria to smash her husband’s head with a chair leg? In Degrees of Guilt, H. S. Chandler emphasizes how domestic abuse (sexual and emotional) isn’t all black and white, and highlights the question, what is the truth behind feeling compelled to stay with one’s abuser? Can it only be justified by financial reasons, or does it extend to more complex ones…

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SPOILER ALERT

The woman did NOT in fact attempt to murder her abusive husband. They actually weren’t alone in the house. Her best friend was hiding in the shed…she later crept up behind the husband and smashed the back of his head with a chair leg. The woman quickly urges her best friend to escape in order to protect her, calls the police and assumes all culpability.

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III. Keep This To Yourself by Tom Ryan

It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, going on a killing spree before disappearing without a trace. 18-year-old Mac Bell, whose best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim, finds a cryptic message from Connor, he is drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all.

Keep This To Yourself has so many elements that keep it unique: we have a clever, well-developed gay protagonist, an appealing seaside setting, a beautiful M/M romance AND a serial killer in the mix.

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SPOILER ALERT

The main character, to his shock, comes to the realization that the dear friend he was looking for IS the town serial killer, who was actually plotting to kill him in cold blood. Where did this killer vanish, you ask? He didn’t. He was actually murdered…by the protagonist’s two BFFs, who’ve known all about it from the very start.

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VI. The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin

Claire can’t help but feel like she’s living under the shadow of her husband’s first wife, Colleen, who died under very strange circumstances. This woman was reported to have jumped into the water one night, presumably as a suicide attempt. Her body though, it just…vanished.

The Starter Wife is not your typical domestic thriller, it sure starts out as one and then BAM!…completely catches you off guard – that horrifying twist at the end, like a slap across your face.

The first half gives us major “The Wife Between Us/The Breakdown” vibes, and the second half -where it seems like the protagonist’s attempt to learn the truth might bring her to a sinister end – is just a pack of explosive revelations, one after the other. The book suddenly veers off into a direction you were never expecting.

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SPOILER ALERT

The wife we’ve been rooting for, lo and behold, IS the crazy murderer, and her victims are all buried underneath the lawn of the house. The strange things that have been happening to her, were actually her husband’s and sister-in-law’s wicked mind games to drive her into a state of insanity, so she’d be forced to confess to the murder of the dead wife before her. Speaking of, the dead ex-wife that the whole story’s about, isn’t dead after all. She’s alive and well, to the reader’s and characters’ surprise. And she’s coming back one last time…to kill the new wife for good.

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V. Call Me Evie by J. P. Pomare

For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town–brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Bill calls her Evie and tells her he’s hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne–something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can’t remember the night in question.

In Call Me Evie, The author intensely portrays our protagonist Evie’s attempt to survive at the hands of her captor, in a way that makes your heart thump unstoppably all the way to the end, where, just when you think all has been revealed, the very last page jolts you with the most unbelievably heart-thudding, shocking twist!!

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SPOILER ALERT

The strange, mysterious man that she lives with isn’t a bad guy after all. He actually turns out to be Evie’s father, who has been protecting her all this time because – yep, you guessed it – she did it. She did ALL of the killing.

See any titles here that you’ve read or that are on your TBR? Any others you think should be added to the list? Let’s discuss!!

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