Read This…Then That: Plot Twisty, Family Secret Books

Seriously – crazy mysteries with shocking outcomes paired with weird and/or unreliable characters? Read them alllllll! (And don’t read plot summaries or pick up too many details beforehand!)


Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn Goodreads / Amazon

This one is really wonderful and surprising. Also, the writing is fantastic. You’ll be left guessing up until the very end as to what on Earth is going on in the story. Is it supernatural? What family secrets is the MC hiding? The New England boarding school setting adds a really nice foresty and melancholy background for what turns out to be a pretty incredible story! I’m surprised I didn’t chop my fingers up with paper cuts at the rate I was racing through the pages to get to the end.

(These next two involve rich family summer vacation settings, which I’ve decided is one of my new favorite things.)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Goodreads / Amazon

This plot is BANANAS, y’all. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters quite as much as I’d like, but still. Whoa. If you like contemporary YA and/or mysteries and/or unreliable narrators and/or BIG OMG reveals – oh yeah, you should definitely read this. My lack of real involvement with the characters left me a little less dazzled then I know some people have been, but this was a solid read. I’m pretty sure my thought process while reading was IHAVEABADFEELINGIHAVEABADFEELING x 100. The end will leave you reeling hard.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore Goodreads / Amazon

This being adult, it moves a little slower than the previous two. It’s also a little different in that the biggest mysteries/conflicts don’t really involve the mental state of the narrator so much. Things build quietly and carefully as you get to know the cast of characters. Things are never comfortable though – I was tense and curious and nervous throughout the entire story. Once things get going? They don’t stop. There are several pretty major plot twists, and while some of them might not be huge surprises…some of them will catch you off guard! I very much enjoyed reading this, I ended up finishing it over the course of one day. I would probably recommend it the most out of the three. I’ve already grabbed up one of this author’s back list titles!

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  • Cassie G April 14, 2014, 2:52 pm

    I feel like I missed something when I read Charm & Strange. I don’t know, I can’t really explain it, but I just didn’t like it like other people seem to. I thought the lack of information was more annoying rather than intriguing.
    We Were Liars, on the other hand, ICANNOTCONTAINMYFEELINGSFORTHISBOOKOHMYGODEVERYONENEEDSTOREADIT. I just…. I had a serious reading hiatus after it because I just couldn’t. handle. anything.

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  • Rebecca @ Love at First Book April 15, 2014, 6:50 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these before! Thanks for the suggestions!
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