Fiction books that will blow your mind...

A Listmania! list by J. Lee "imajeel" (Houston, TX USA)
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The list author says: "Some books are just mind-blowingly different - because of a great unique "what if" premise, a unique perspective, an usual concept turned on its head or a heck of a believable surprising ending. For some reason, there's a lot of lists of movies like this - generally they include "Memento", "The Usual Suspects", "The Truman Show","Eternal Sunshine of the Mind" and "West World" ---to name a few. But. there's not a lot of lists for books. So here are some of mine:"
Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel
1.  Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel by S. J. Watson
The list author says:
  "An amnesiac woman who has to be reminded each day who she is, who her husband is, etc.starts keeping a secret journal under the guidance of a man who claims to want to help her.  Suddenly she's aware of the lies she's being told.  Who can she trust? Why are they lying to her? What really happened to her? And can she reclaim her life?"
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Sister: A Novel
2.  Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton
The list author says:
  "This is another very different sort of thriller (and one probably geared more towards women).  A woman's sister dies and police conclude it is a suicide. Her sister doesn't believe it and pursues finding the true killer - while coming to term w/ relationships in her family. It's done w/ a unique approach and a unique type of twist that will definitely surprise."
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Room: A Novel
3.  Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
The list author says:
  "Surprising depth and a page-turning tale written from the perspective of a 5-year old boy about the only world he'd ever known - a small room he was held captive in with his mother."
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Shutter Island: A Novel
4.  Shutter Island: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "Don't let the latest not-so-good movie version of this stop you from reading it.  It's really one of the best psychological suspense (not horror, scary) books I've ever read.
In it,  U.S. Marshalls visit an army mental facility where things may or may not be as they appear. They investigate a missing certifiably-crazy woman, and it has a mind blowing ending."
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The Host: A Novel
5.  The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "Turns the cliched alien abduction completely on its head. In this world, peaceful alien "souls" are taking over humans.  But, Melanie a human refuses to leave room for her "soul" and they must work together.  A wonderful "what if" premise."
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The Unit
6.  The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
The list author says:
  "In this world, childless 50-year old women and 60-year old men are carted off to be more productive for society in a luxurious guinea pig farm."
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Unwound
7.  Unwound by Gorman Bechard
The list author says:
  "You won't see these twists coming! (I'm saddened this has gone 'off-market' since I developed the list - find it somewhere if you can!) Otherwise, it's liable to show up as a poor movie version of it."
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Through Violet Eyes
8.  Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth
The list author says:
  "In this world, a group of people born with violet irises are able to channel the dead.  The heroine is one of those, and used by the government to channel murder victims in criminal trials of murderers. This first book was so successful it has spawned a series."
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Thinner
9.  Thinner by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "In this short-quick-read, written by Stephen King in his early nom de plume days, a man receives a gypsy curse that at first seems a blessing - no matter how much he eats - he loses weight."
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Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel
10.  Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "Along the same lines - yet completely different from 'Through Violet Eyes'- is this one, which is one of Koontz's best.
Odd Thomas the hero is indeed odd, and he has conversations with ghosts who haven't yet passed along.  They alert him to a big problem for the community and the rest of the wonderfully odd characters."
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Peter & Max: A Fables Novel
11.  Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
The list author says:
  "All the fairy tale characters ends up in NYC, hiding from an evil adversary in this adult fairy tale re-telling.  But, the story is really about the Pied Piper and Peter Piper - and they have a bigger tale to tell than what you'd thing from the nursery rhymes."
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Mr. Murder
12.  Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "A man breaks in and accuses our writer hero of stealing his life, his family, his home.  The writer can't shake him.  Incredible twist ending."
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Gentlemen and Players: A Novel (P.S.)
13.  Gentlemen and Players: A Novel (P.S.) by Joanne Harris
The list author says:
  "Unique thinking-mans mystery, unique execution, great page-turner ---- and a surprise ending to boot! See my separate review on this one to enjoy the book even more!"
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The 13th Hour: A Thriller
14.  The 13th Hour: A Thriller by Richard Doetsch
The list author says:
  "A man travels backward in time - hour by hour to save his wife."
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The Post-Birthday World: A Novel (P.S.)
15.  The Post-Birthday World: A Novel (P.S.) by Lionel Shriver
The list author says:
  "Whether you love or hate the characters - this novel which switches between two possible fates with masterful deftness will still leave you thinking. Reminiscent of "Sliding Doors" the movie - and well-worth the length just for the thoughful execution."
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The Time Traveler's Wife
16.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "Claire is married to a man with "chrono displacement" order.  He suddenly dissappears into the past or the future. Well-written and mind-blowing from beginning to end."
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
17.  Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years) by Gregory Maguire
The list author says:
  "What was really going on with that Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz?  In fact, what was really the deal with the whole land of Oz? This fabulously adult re-telling of the classic as a political thriller is a definite mind-blower."
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The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel
18.  The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
The list author says:
  "Max is born with old physically, but young mentally - then grows progressively wiser, but younger physically - with 3 chances to capture the love of his life. Well-written with shades of "Dorian Gray" in this mind-blowing premise."
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We Need to Talk About Kevin
19.  We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The list author says:
  "You won't forget this one! The tale of a family with a boy that may or may not be a psychopath."
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Caught
20.  Caught by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "Bet you don't figure this crime thriller mystery - even though all the clues are there. It's a nice roller coaster ride of twists and turns along the way - but at the end it's a mind-blowing ride of twists and surprises - you might just should have been able to see coming!"
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The Handmaid's Tale
21.  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "In a not-so-distant future most women are infertile. But those that are fertiLE are forced to be "handmaids" as breeders for the elite. This is the mind-blowing tale of how that world came to be from the perspective of Offred, a handmaid."
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The Time Machine (Signet Classics)
22.  The Time Machine (Signet Classics) by H. G. Wells
The list author says:
  "No list of mind-blowing unique concepts would be complete without a couple of classics from the master.  Even if you saw the movie, you'll be amazed at the tale (and the differences between movie and book)."
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The Andromeda Strain
23.  The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
The list author says:
  "There has to be a couple of books on this list from this writer of "West World" - and this is one of his best."
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Sharp Objects: A Novel
24.  Sharp Objects: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
The list author says:
  "Creatively self-destructive woman returns to the evil hometown and family she left to investigate a series of murders - with plenty of twists and turns!"
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Jurassic Park: A Novel
25.  Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton
The list author says:
  "If you've only seen the movie - you've missed the best of this mind-blowing tale.  Deeper characters and the true chaos theory behind it make the book not just scary like the movie - but a real mind-blower."
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Still Missing
26.  Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
The list author says:
  "In an unusual approach, each chapter of this book is a session with a psychologist as a woman who escaped from captivity tries to rebuild her life and searches for the reason she was kidnapped in the first place."
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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
27.  My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  "What if you were born only because your parents needed a blood and organ farm to keep a sibling alive? A novel that covers all of the shades of gray in this situation, and surprises you along the way."
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The Invisible Man (Signet Classics)
28.  The Invisible Man (Signet Classics) by H.G. Wells
The list author says:
  "Wouldn't it be great to be invisible? Not for this guy..."
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Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy)
29.  Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy) by Tom Rob Smith
The list author says:
  "What a great roller coaster ride of twists and turns based on a unique concept. A serial killer runs amok during the Stalin reign, and while one man pursues it - his country doesn't want him to discover the truth!"
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Watership Down: A Novel
30.  Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams
The list author says:
  "Talking rabbits! And what a world they have!"
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Paranoia
31.  Paranoia by Joseph Finder
The list author says:
  "From the man who has gone on to define himself as "the" corporate thriller writer, an "I can't put it down" twister for anyone who's worked in corporate life!"
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The Chatham School Affair
32.  The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
The list author says:
  "An ending you're guaranteed to not see coming."
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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
33.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "Written for young adults, but one which anyone will love. This is a more high stakes and complex predeccesor to the "Hunger Games" - with a huge twist ending.

Ender is forced to combat his peers for survival and thrust into a dystopian reality, Ender faces one challenge Katniss lacks - an outside threat posed by aliens."
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
34.  The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "Though written for young adults, this dystopian society which has spawned a series will draw anyone in.  The characters are drawn into a creative, government run reality "survivor" game - which only one person can win."
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City of Thieves: A Novel
35.  City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff
The list author says:
  "Two men go in pursuit of finding twelve eggs during the war to save their lives. But, it's not a war story - it's a fast-paced, mind-blower of twists and turns."
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The Talented Mr. Ripley
36.  The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
The list author says:
  "Told from the perspective of a charming and immoral sociopath as he ingratiates himself into the life of Dickie, this a psychological mind bender. Though the movie was good, there are many differences that still make the book well worth a read!"
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Atonement (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced)
37.  Atonement (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced) by Anne Rooney
The list author says:
  "I didn't think the movie was so good, but the book is great. An ending guaranteed to blow your socks off."
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Smoke Screen
38.  Smoke Screen by Kyle Mills
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  "If this were a movie - it'd be on the mind-blowing great list."
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Gone Girl
39.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The list author says:
  "If you liked "Before I go to sleep"... you'll like this one.  Twists and turns that you might begin to suspect. But,you won't guess the ending - whether you like it or not.  All around, great read!"
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