Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books and Flavia the Bibliophile and now be hosted by Katie at Never Not Reading and Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song Calendar Girl.
I read a lot of mystery books. Very few give me a *gasp* moment where I have to go back and try to see if I missed something in my reading. I can think of two that I still think about that twist years after reading the book.
The first is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
This one was recommended to me by a good friend who knew I liked mystery and true crime books, and I have to say that for the first third or so of the book, probably more, I was kind of bored with it and thought I knew what was happening.
I had never been slapped in the face by a book like I was with Gone Girl. I have only read this one Gillian Flynn novel, but I think it’s a true master of craft in this genre. If you haven’t read it and don’t know the spoiler, pick it up. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
However, my choice for this month’s theme is a book that I read for the first time in 2015 on the advice of Maureen Johnson. There are times, now, nearly 4 years later that I still think about the ending of this book and look back at the amazing foreshadowing I didn’t pick up on and marvel at how well it was done. This book changed how I read other books. After reading this book, I look harder for the clues I overlooked while reading this one.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I was bamboozled by this book. I know that many people have read it and been all “I knew it from the start!” and “It was so predictable!” These people are either a. Liars or b. no fun.
Reading it in 2019 for the first time when there are books that follow this same format, it may be a bit more predictable than when it was first released, but in 2014-15 when this was brand new, mindblowing and throw the book across the room and screech with shock worthy.
There aren’t that many books I think about long after reading them. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, the Biography of Alexander Hamilton, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Harry Potter, and We Were Liars.
This book was great because the answer was right there just out of view for most of the book. When the give revel happens, things fall into place like a locking mechanism in the most beautiful way.
I highly recommend this book, I know that there are other books like it, and perhaps you would be as shocked and amazed as I was when I read it for the first time, but We Were Liars is a masterwork at how to use foreshadowing if the twist doesn’t get you.
What’s your favorite book with a twist? I’d love to hear about.
Until next time Internet,