The Best Cliffhanger Endings of the Past 15 Years
they are—the books that left us breathless in the last 50 pages. Some
are traditional thrillers, some whodunits and some roller-coaster novels. Which ones have you read?
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Life of Pi
The Premise: An
Indian man named "Pi" recalls the 227 days he spent adrift on the
Pacific Ocean as a boy, following a shipwreck that killed his parents. The only
other survivors in the lifeboat were a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a tiger
named Richard Parker—maybe.
Why the Ending Is a Stunner:
The surprise comes with a philosophical afterburn, requiring us to think about
how we endure tragedy, who we become in its wake and what we choose to believe.
— Dawn Raffel