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15 Books with Unreliable Narrators

If you read a lot of mysteries like I do, they can sometimes begin to feel a little formulaic. Something I often enjoy, however, and which adds a further element suspense to a story, if an unreliable narrator. I know some readers hate them and find them frustrating, but if it's well done, I think it's a great tool to make the reader question everything. And they're not confined to just crime fiction! I've rounded up fifteen of my favorite books with unreliable narrators to add a bit of spice to get you over the midweek slump. Happy reading (though best not to after dark...)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

We have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Good Me/Bad Me by Ali Land


In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Dinner by Herman Koch


Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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