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Fiction books that will blow your mind...

J. Lee "imajeel"
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
Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel
"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?"
Sister: A Novel
Sister: A Novel
"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."
Room: A Novel
Room: A Novel
"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."
Shutter Island: A Novel
Shutter Island: A Novel
"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."
The Host
The Host
"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."
The Unit
The Unit
"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."
Unwound
Unwound
"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."
Through Violet Eyes
Through Violet Eyes
"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."
Thinner
Thinner
"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."
Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel
Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel
"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."
Peter & Max: A Fables Novel
Peter & Max: A Fables Novel
"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."
Mr. Murder
Mr. Murder
"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."
Gentlemen and Players: A Novel (P.S.)
Gentlemen and Players: A Novel (P.S.)
"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!"
The 13th Hour: A Thriller
The 13th Hour: A Thriller
"A man travels backward in time - hour by hour to save his wife."
The Post-Birthday World: A Novel (P.S.)
The Post-Birthday World: A Novel (P.S.)
"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."
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"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."
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
"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."
The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel
The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel
"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."
We Need to Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin
"You won't forget this one! The tale of a family with a boy that may or may not be a psychopath."
Caught
Caught
"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!"
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
"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."
The Time Machine (Signet Classics)
The Time Machine (Signet Classics)
"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)."
The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
"There has to be a couple of books on this list from this writer of "West World" - and this is one of his best."
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
"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!"
Jurassic Park: A Novel
Jurassic Park: A Novel
"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."
Still Missing
Still Missing
"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."
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
"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."
The Invisible Man (Signet Classics)
The Invisible Man (Signet Classics)
"Wouldn't it be great to be invisible? Not for this guy..."
Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy)
Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy)
"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!"
Watership Down: A Novel
Watership Down: A Novel
"Talking rabbits! And what a world they have!"
Paranoia
Paranoia
"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!"
The Chatham School Affair
The Chatham School Affair
"An ending you're guaranteed to not see coming."
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
"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."
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
"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."
City of Thieves: A Novel
City of Thieves: A Novel
"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."
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley
"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!"
Atonement (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced)
Atonement (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced) (York Notes Advanced)
"I didn't think the movie was so good, but the book is great. An ending guaranteed to blow your socks off."
Smoke Screen
Smoke Screen
"If this were a movie - it'd be on the mind-blowing great list."
Gone Girl
Gone Girl
"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!"