Welcome back to my third post in the Open Book Blog Hop series.
This week we are talking about favourite plot twists – either those written by ourselves or ones we have come across in other books.
And remember to pay a visit to my fellow writers to see what they have come up with. You can find their works here!
I had to think long and hard about this one. I am notorious for reading much of the same thing on repeat. It’s why I started my book blog, Books and Beyond Reviews. I thought it might break my cycle of continuously reading the works of Stephen King or Terry Pratchett. Not that there is anything wrong with either of those authors, but I wanted to expand my horizons. And luckily for me, it worked. I’ve discovered a number of new authors as a result, and can count a few as friends now!
One of those that I discovered is J.D. Barker. I had the opportunity to review his crime thriller book The Fourth Monkey. Wow, what a rollercoaster of a read that was. The crimes protrayed were suitably grizzly and grim, the atmosphere of the entire book was dark, almost oppressive, and the story sucked me in. I needed to push on and uncover the end game. This book quickly became a personal favourite for me, with a number of twists along the way. One such twist came in the form of the victims of the serial killer. Dubbed the Fourth Monkey Killer, or 4MK, he styled himself as judge, jury and exectutionor for the well-known first three monkeys. We all know “Hear no Evil”, “See no Evil” and “Speak no Evil”. 4MK stands for the notion of “Do no Evil”.
So you’d imagine his victims to be utterly reprehensible, deplorable reprobates of the highest order, not unlike the motives for the killer in the Saw film franchise. Instead, 4MK is murdering those whose only crime is to be in some way related or connected to the low lifes in question through family, friendship or professional connections. That in itself was an early twist I thouroughly enjoyed. Then there is the fact that early on it seems 4MK is, in fact, already deceased. That only ratchets up the twists and tension when things appear to occur, ochestrated by the murderer prior to his demise. The story of the killer, his life, his motives are told through alternating chapters, lifted straight from his diary. I really enjoyed this narrative direction, it was something a little different for me. The revelation of the identity of 4MK is eeked out, and we uncover more across the books forming the trilogy – The Fifth to Die and The Sixth Wicked Child. That revelation alone was a pretty impressive twist. I may have to dig back into that series again sometime.
I’d love to hear about your favourite plot twists, without spoilers – they may just become my next read!