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Staff Picks - Shocking Plot Twists

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All items shelved alphabetically in the fiction section unless otherwise noted.

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
On the plane home to attend the funerals of his wife & best friend, Shadow, just released from prison, encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world, where the soul of America is at stake.

And Then There Were None (MYSTERY)
by Agatha Christie
A killer stalks a group of ten total strangers On an isolated island off the Devon coast, in a suspenseful story of murder and retribution set to a sinister nursery rhyme.

by Ian McEwan
On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever.

Before I Go to Sleep
by S. J. Watson
Without her husband's knowledge, Christine, whose memory is damaged by a long-ago accident, is treated by a neurologist who helps her to remember her former self through journal entries until inconsistencies begin to emerge.

Big Little Lies (MYSTERY)
by Liane Moriarty
Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.

The Black Dahlia (MYSTERY)
by James Ellroy
The murder of a beautiful young woman in 1947 Los Angeles sparks a great investigation in which Bucky Bleichert, Lee Blanchard, L.A.P.D. Warrants Squad cops, ex-boxers, friends, and adversaries become obsessed by the case.

Blood on Snow (MYSTERY)
by Jo Nesbo
Gifted with an unexpected capacity for love, as well as a talent for murder, Olav, a "fixer" who works for Oslo's crime kingpin, discovers that his boss might want him "fixed" due to the fact that he knows too much about his business—and has fallen in love with his wife.

The Book of Unknown Americans             
by Cristina Henriquez
Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery & her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (TEEN FICTION)
by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-with” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

The Circle
by Dave Eggers
Hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to questions her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

The Cutting Season (MYSTERY)
by Attica Locke 
When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie, the estate's manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into Belle Vie's history, which leads her to a centuries old mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters.

Die Again (MYSTERY)
by Tess Gerritsen
Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles investigate the murder of a big game hunter whose demise is linked to several seemingly unrelated deaths and a camping safari in Botswana.

The Dive from Clausen’s Pier 
by Ann Packer
When her fiancé Mike is left paralyzed following a tragic accident, Carrie Bell begins to question her familiar world, from her everyday life in Wisconsin to her relationships, as she sets out to rediscover her own identity. 

The Double Blind
by Chris Bohjalian
Working at a homeless shelter, student Laurel Estabrook encounters Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of secret photos, but when Bobbie dies     suddenly, Laurel embarks on an obsessive search for the truth behind the photos.

Ender’s Game (TEEN FICTION)
by Orson Scott Card
Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. He excels in simulated war games. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game.

Everything, Everything (YA FICTION)
by Nicola Yoon
A girl confined to her house by rare and profound allergies falls hopelessly in love with her new neighbor, in a story told through vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists and illustrations.

Fool Me Once (MYSTERY)
by Harlan Coben
Horrified when she spots the husband who was reported dead weeks earlier playing with their toddler on her nanny cam, former special ops pilot Maya confronts deep secrets and deceit in her own past in order to discern the truth.

Gentlemen and Players 
by Joanne Harris
As the new term gets under way at the elite St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, a number of increasingly devastating incidents occurs, leaving the unraveling school in the hands of the only person who can save it, Roy Straitley.

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle, convinced that she had been murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional clan, hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.

Gone Girl (MYSTERY)
by Gillian Flynn   
When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

by Louis Sachar   
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself in one of the best children’s books ever written.

The Hunt for the Red October
by Tom Clancy
A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The entire Soviet Atlantic Fleet is ordered to hunt down the submarine and destroy her at all costs. The Americans are determined to find her first and get her safely to port in the intelligence coups of all time. But the Red October has a million square miles of ocean to hide in & a new silent propulsion system that is impossible to detect. Or is it?

I Let You Go
by Clare Mackintosh
Devastated by a hit-and-run accident that has ended the life of her young son, Jenna moves to the remote Welsh coast to search for healing while two dedicated policemen try to get to the bottom of the case.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
In early 19-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess & soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

The Last Time They Met
by Anita Shreve
At a literary festival in Toronto, Linda Fallon is reunited with famous poet Thomas Janes, with whom she had an affair at age seventeen and then again at age twenty-seven, but her life is drastically different this time around.

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

Looking for Alaska (TEEN FICTION)
by John Green
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Lost Among the Living (MYSTERY)
by Simone St. James
In 1921 England, three years after her husband disappeared after being shot down over Germany, Jo Manders works as a paid companion to his wealthy, condescending aunt at Wych Elm House where she discovers her husband's darkest secrets and must find the truth or risk losing herself forever.

The Maze Runner (TEEN FICTION)
by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer's acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (975.872 BERENDT)
by John Berendt 
In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.

The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
One of the first and greatest detective stories, The Moonstone tells of the theft of a sacred diamond and the efforts of Sergeant Cuff, the policeman investigating the crime, to solve the mystery.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (MYSTERY)
by Agatha Christie
Although Hercule Poirot has retired and is now devoting his time to growing vegetable marrows, when murder occurs nearly on his doorstep he once again gets involved with finding the killer.

My Brilliant Friend 
by Elena Ferrante
Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.

The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. The body of one monk is found in a cask of pigs' blood, another is floating in a bathhouse, still another is crushed at the foot of a cliff.

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kathy and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the English countryside, and a confrontation with the truth about their childhoods.

Odd Thomas 
by Dean R. Koontz
Over the course of two days, Odd Thomas, his soulmate Stormy Llewellyn, and an assortment of allies make their way through a dark, terrifying world in which past and present, and life and death collide as they try to avert a cataclysm.

by A. S. Byatt
A young academic couple's attempt to trace the relationship between two turbulent,   romantic, and superstitious Victorian poets reveals uncanny parallels with their own lives and culminates in the exhumation of a poet's corpse.

The Queen of the Night
by Alexander Chee
A legendary opera singer tries to discover who betrayed her secret past as a courtesan when she is offered a chance at immortality through an original role that tells her tale.

by Daphne Du Maurier
The new mistress of Manderley's Cornwall estate must constantly compete with the memory of Maxim de Winter's first wife, Rebecca.

The Red Queen (TEEN FICTION)
by Victoria Aveyard 
When her supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

The Secret Keeper
by Kate Morton
Withdrawing from a family party to the solitude of her tree house, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking murder that throughout a subsequent half century shapes her beliefs, her acting career, and the lives of three strangers from vastly different cultures.

She’s Come Undone 
by Wally Lamb
Spending the years between the age of thirteen and womanhood watching television and eating the junk food her mother provides, wise-mouthed and wounded Dolores Price finally decides to give her life a chance.

Shutter Island 
by Dennis Lehane
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, come to Shutter Island's Ashcliffe Hospital in search of an escaped mental patient, but uncover true wickedness as Ashcliffe's mysterious patient treatments propel them to the brink of insanity.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
by John Le Carre
Secret agent Alec Leamas is on a dangerous mission in East Berlin, but he has doubts about the organization he serves.

The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.

The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
The classic ghost story about a high-strung governess and the two young children who may--or may not--be plotting with the diabolical Peter Quint.

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

We Were Liars (TEEN FICTION)
by E. Lockhart   
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

 The Westing Game (J FICTION)
by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

by Caroline Kepnes
Meeting at an East Village bookstore, aspiring writer Guinevere Beck and store employee Joe embark on an intimate relationship, only to suffer deadly consequences when their passion spirals out of control.