4 Oct 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Endings that made you go "What?!?"

I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday for a while and have to admit I missed it. So here we go - thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for facilitating this great game!

Today's topic.... endings that left me open-mouthing going "What happened?!?!"

10) "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier
So unexpected - and it makes it so much more than a love story!

9) "Changeless" by Gail Carriger
I was completely dumbfounded by the ending of this one and actually rather annoyed with the situation. As I remember it, my immediate reaction was "Men!!" in a very grumpy tone of voice

8) "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman
I am not even sure why but this ending really surprised me. In a good way. And if you haven't read this book, you must. It is really really good.

7) "The Collector" by John Fowles
I am not sure what I expected from this book in terms of ending but certainly not this. Loved it once I got over my initial surprise

6) "The Pearl of the Soul of the World" by Meredith Ann Pierce
I was quite young when I first read the Darkangel trilogy and I was really disappointed with the ending. Guess I was a bit of a romantic then - or at least more romantic than now. Because now I think it is the perfect ending - surprising but perfect.

5) "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins
All I can say is that I was very very happy that I had already bought book three and could start on it immediately. Otherwise I might have gone crazy trying to figure it all out.

4) "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
I won't say anything other than: Things are not what they seem.

3) "A Handful of Dust" by Evelyn Waugh
Definitely not a feel-good ending. I was completely taken by surprise when I read it - hadn't seen it coming. Until the last page I was hoping for a happy ending...

2) "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling
Not only was I extremely surprised but I was also a little (tiny) bit angry at the author for letting this happen and very very sad. Think I even cried. One of the things I love about the Harry Potter series is that sometimes sad and bad things happen to good people and it affects not only the characters in the story but also the reader.

1) "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness
I didn't know that this was the first book in a trilogy and at first I was furious with the author for leaving such a cliff hanger. Then I googled the book to find out if others felt the same way and found out that there was more to come. So now I am waiting excitedly for the next book as I absolutely love "A Discovery..."


  1. We have a couple of overlapping books, which means they have undeniably awesome/shocking endings. I've only read Neil Gaiman's picture book, so clearly I need to branch out and read more of his work!

    Here's our list

  2. #4! It's on my TBR pile and I'm really really looking forward to getting to.

  3. You are right on Changeless. That was my reaction too.

  4. @Trish: You have a lot to look forward to!

    @Linda: yeah I was pretty annoyed with the male character in question for being such an idiot.

    @Sandie: Will check out your list, thanks for stopping by :-)

  5. last for me was the claudel book monsieur linh that has a great what moment in it ,all the best stu

  6. Rebecca is a really amazing book! A definite favorite of mine.

    I haven't read anything by Evelyn Waugh yet, but I've got Brideshead Revisited sitting on my shelf, so hopefully I'll get to it soon.

    A Discovery of Witches sounds great, though I haven't seen it much on the blogosphere. My mom read it as an ebook and really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for the follow Willa! I followed back! :)

  7. I have Rebecca on my list this week, too. I think it was the first book I read where the twist was such a game-changer.

    I haven't read a whole lot of Neil Gaiman, but what little I've read is amazing. I'll definitely spend some more time on his stuff.

  8. ooh, really good books (and LOVE the pictures from your most recent post. I love fall!)

    I need to read some daphne dumarier books. Kinda forget the ending of Neverwhere but it was one trippy book and I really need to read what's come out for the parasol protectorate series, only got as far as the first one I think but loved it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Nice comment about 'Pearl of the Soul of the World'. Would you mind if I quoted it on a website I'm working on? I'd of course attribute to you and link back to here.