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Liars and Amnesiacs – 6 Books With UnReliable Narrators

Books With Unreliable Narrators

One of my favorite types of books to read involves an unreliable narrator. I just don’t know what’s true or not, or even if the narrator knows. The slow reveal is AGONY but I love it. Here are 5 of my favorite novels that involve unreliable narrators.

Liar, Justine Larbalesteir

Micah, the main character tells us right upfront that she’s a pathological liar, and little she says can be believed. But I couldn’t help myself – I did start to believe what she was saying as the story progressed. And what makes it worse – she lies all the time, so at the end of the book, I still don’t know if what she said is for real or not.

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

In this case, it’s alcohol induced memory loss that’s making this Rachel a bit fuzzy on the details of her life. She’s not the most sympathetic main character, as she is bumbling and brings a lot of things on herself – but that’s what draws you into the book. I never quite knew when I was rooting for her or against her.

Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

What if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story … ooh the slow reveal of this book is what I loved the most.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

Memory is a funny, funny thing. Sometimes we choose to forget. And Rosemary Cooke starts out by telling us that she doesn’t remember all the details. But they start coming back to her as she tells the story.

The Expats, Chris Pavone

What happens when both people in the marriage are lying and keeping secrets?! Kate is basically living a lie every day, and then her husband starts doing it too – “what the heck is going on” is what I kept asking myself while reading this book.

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

This is another book where the liar is not obvious, but both parties in the marriage are telling completely different stories. It’s weird that both the narrators are quite unlikeable and yet I still loved this book.

Do you have any books you would add to this list? Have you read any of the books mentioned?

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