30 Day Book Challenge – Day 27

Today’s prompt: The most surprising plot twist or ending

There are a few books I could pick for this category, but I’ll stick with the one I’ve read most recently. Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder has a really cool twist at the end. I won’t reveal it because I don’t like giving spoilers.

It’s a supernatural YA book about a girl who has the ability to find dead bodies. She stumbles upon a murder victim and it’s up to her to solve the murder because only she can find the bodies and trace the killer. It’s also a pretty sweet love story – she falls in love with her best friend. I’m always a sucker for that kind of plot.

As with most YA books, parts of it feel rushed and the characters could have been developed better, but the twist at the end is genuinely surprising and the suspense throughout the novel makes it worthwhile. It’s a quick read, so I’d recommend it if you like romance and thrillers.

5 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 27

  1. Great choice! I loved this book, I thought it was really original and I couldn’t put it down. I also liked the twist although I kind of worked it out but the twist in the sequel I didn’t catch on to and I thought she did great changing things up and not making the second one a copy of the first.

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    1. I try to remain as ignorant about the twist as possible. If I sense it coming, I try not to think about it too much so that it grabs me by surprise. I might look into the sequel if my library has it.

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  2. My choice would be The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr. I’m going to give spoilers, but the book was written many decades ago, so maybe that’s okay.

    It’s a mystery, with a couple of “impossible crime” elements (a corpse vanishes from a sealed tomb, a murderer is seen to leave the murder room by a door which was bricked up years ago), but that’s standard for Carr. There are a lot of indications that the supernatural was involved, but after all this is Carr, the master of the locked-room mystery, where there’s always a rational explanation.

    At first there doesn’t seem to be a detective character, no Gideon Fell or Henry Merrivale. But then the detective is introduced at last, and he’s imperious, eccentric, and obnoxious. And he gathers the suspects and explains the whole thing, how the “impossible” crimes were committed.

    And then he’s murdered, just when you think there will probably be a series of books about him. So, that was the first surprising plot twist. And then, after the recap of what happened to the murderer, on the very last page, there is a strong indication that the supernatural was involved all along after all.

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    1. I like those kinds of books. Everything comes together in the end and you’re thinking, “Why didn’t I figure that out before?” It makes you want to flip back through the whole book to see what you’ve missed.

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