5 Romance Books with Plot Twists & Surprise Endings You Won’t See Coming!

There is nothing I love more than a book with a unique plot and a surprise twist I didn’t see coming. If it keeps me guessing and I don’t know how it will end, I know it’s a winner.  

Here are 5 of my favorite romance recommendations with huge plot twists and surprise endings.  (Don’t worry, they are spoiler-free!)  

Each of these books are highly-rated by me, so if you are looking for a book with a little bit of the ‘dark and twisty’, these might fit the bill!

Unravel by Calia Read[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Unravel by Calia Read

Read my review here.

“Behind the walls of a mental hospital, Naomi Carradine feels her world breaking to pieces. She’s starting to believe all the voices questioning her sanity.  But deep in her thoughts, Naomi is haunted by memories of a golden summer that twisted into a waking nightmare of obsessive love and fractured truths.”

Unravel is dark and twisty, and will keep you guessing throughout the book.  I found myself thinking about the story for several hours afterward, flipping to different parts of the book to hunt for clues that were hidden in plain sight.  Unravel is a roller-coaster of a ride and will mess with your head.[/ezcol_2third_end]

Nocte by Courtney Cole[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Nocte by Courtney Cole

Read my review here.

“My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.  My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.”

Nocte is a dark and moody romance/psychological suspense that is chock-full of mystery. The story is genius, the writing is brilliant, and the characters are haunting.  Nocte will keep you riveted and slightly blow your mind at the end.[/ezcol_2third_end]


Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

“On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.  Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, [this book is] filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns”

Nine Minutes is gritty, raw, emotional, and slightly twisted.  Don’t let the 1970’s setting keep you from reading this book!  It is actually a modern-day book with the backstory being told to a reporter.  It is unique and intriguing, and I read it in one sitting.  I honestly couldn’t put it down![/ezcol_2third_end]


Gravity by L.D. Cedergreen[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Gravity by L.D. Cedergreen

“After years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child, Gemma Walsh finds her husband in bed with another woman. Unable to face his betrayal, she retreats to Priest Lake where her family owns a small cabin. But Gemma finds that she is not the only one hiding away at the lake to avoid an ugly truth.”

On the surface, Gravity seems like a typical ‘woman scorned by husband, finds a second chance at love’ kind of romance….then you get to the twist.  I totally didn’t see it coming and had to reread sections of the book several times to get my brain to accept the truth.[/ezcol_2third_end]


Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads.  [It] is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

Ok, I know that this one is not exactly a romance, but it was so good, I had to include it on my list.  I kept seeing Big Little Lies in all the stores and I was drawn to it’s cover.  It took a few chapters for me to get into, because of the different POV’s.  However, once I got hooked, I couldn’t stop reading and I just had to know what all of the secrets were.  There is humor and a cleverness in this book that I really appreciated, and I loved how everything wove together.  It is a good ‘palette cleanser’ for when you need a break from your typical genre.[/ezcol_2third_end]

I think this may actually turn into a multi-part feature, since I found so many more twisty novels when I was writing this list.

Have you read any of these books and what did you think?  Do you have any other books to recommend?  Let us know in the comments below!




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