The Best Books With Unreliable Narrators

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If you love reading mysteries and thrillers, you’ve probably encountered an unreliable narrator or two in your time. Everything seems fine at first, but then all of a sudden, details aren’t adding up. That sinking feeling that something might be wrong — compounded with the whodunnit nature of a thriller — can have you racing to read the last page. The reveal that the narrator has been hiding something, per your suspicions, is even better. Non-thrillers that feature unreliable narrators can be just as satisfying, because they inject an eerie atmosphere into an otherwise standard story. Or the narrator’s unreliability can make them more sympathetic.

If you love books that are full of twists and turns, whether they’re thrillers or not, an unreliable narrator can make the story jump off the page. If you’re seeking a few more books for the 2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, we bet one of these novels is just the thing. Unlike these narrators, you can trust us.


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