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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The Premise: A
young artist named Chihiro is haunted by her mother's death. Ever so slowly,
she falls in love with a mysterious scientist named Nakajima, who has an even
deeper event to hide. Yoshimoto's spare, psychologically instense style has
made her one of Japan's most celebrated authors.
Why the Ending Is a Stunner:
Nakajima's buried secret will leave you in tears, yet the final pages are
sweetly—and believably—uplifting. A word to the wise—don't
read the flap copy unless you want a spoiler.
— Dawn Raffel