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My sources are unreliable, but their stories are fascinating: what to read if you liked Gone Girl and the Unreliable Narrator

Gone girl : a novelDid you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl?  Did you love it?  Was it because the characters were so darn nice?  Just people you’d really like to know in real life and have over for dinner?

Thought not.

It was for the twists and turns, right?  The never quite knowing what was really going on? And of course to find out What Really Happened In The End, yes?

Here are more stories with unreliable narrators, stories that will yank the narrative rug out from under your readerly feet in the most delightful and unpredictable of ways.

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Nora Roberts/JD Robb readalikes

Among the most popular writers of today, Nora Roberts writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense stories, featuring passionate, resourceful heroines and strong, empathetic heroes. Each story emphasizes relationships with family and friends while providing details of careers or adventure. Some recent titles include a paranormal element but a resolved, happy ending remains crucial to all of her tales. Her books may appeal to readers who do not usually read romance.

Writing as J. D. Robb, Roberts writes a series of futuristic romances/police procedural mysteries, featuring Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke. Police Investigator Dallas, an outspoken advocate for victims, fights crime in a futuristic landscape, where violence always threatens and the murders are particularly grisly.

When you’ve read all of Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb, why not try…

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John Grisham readadlikes

Although he established his reputation with fast-paced David-versus-Goliath legal thrillers, John Grisham’s recent work includes nonfiction and short stories and displays a distinctly darker outlook when writing about the law. His non-legal novels address coming-of-age issues and are more intimate and heartening. Issue-oriented storylines drive all his cinematic tales filled with engaging, sympathetic characters, dangerous secrets, and relentless pacing. His earlier legal thrillers are less provocative; more recent titles explore political and legal issues without  Hollywood endings. Grisham has also written a legal thriller series for older kids.

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