What are the best books with unreliable narrators?

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    #1Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.


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    Emma Wu
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "It has been a popular trend in novels to use a unreliable narrator. The book Fight Club really excels in this. You will never know where this book is going and that is what I love best about it. If you like to be tricked, manipulated, and surprised, you will love this book."
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    #2The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.

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    Jose Weaver
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I wanted to find a great new book to read. It was important that it would be somewhat different, as I need to vary my entire collection. If you like books with unreliable narrators, check out The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This was well written, flowed perfectly, and came across as very authentic."
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    #3American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.


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    Janet Wilson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The modern classic, the basis of a Broadway musical, and major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and Reese Witherspoon, and directed by Mary Harron. In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront."
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    #4The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Tiffany Mendez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Another classic that has held on through the test of time. If you look at it from a teens point of view, who's fed up, and not meaning it personally, then you'll be fine. I know he's a fictional character, and that saddens me, but this book was far ahead of its time. The commentary is actually really funny - half the time I couldn't stop laughing - but it's also super interesting."
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    #5Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.


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    Nicholas Estrada
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Although it has a very high review rating, it is still difficult to understand if this has an unreliable narrator. But if getting vengeance sounds like something that is unreliable to do, then this is definitely the book to read."
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    #6One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Ethan Phillips
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is classic literature. This is an important novel and really opened a lot of eyes with its story and characters. The most impressive element of this story was the narration."
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    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.

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    Roy Burke
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I have no idea what is meant by an "unreliable narrator". This book has mostly great reviews, but I cannot recommend it due to my not understanding the question."
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    #8Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a dystopian science fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of three children who are studying in an exclusive boarding school and their 'special gift'.


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    Randy Richardson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Not too sure if this one fits the category topic. I seemed able to understand the narrator and found them reliable. Check it out."
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    #9The Turn of the Screw

    The Turn of the Screw
    The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil.

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    Sandra Olivares
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Turn of the Screw is a tough read. The narrator is unreliable and may be what most people are looking for here but I would have liked her to be better."
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    #10Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Lisa Peterson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I did not like this book. There were too many typos. When a new character spoke, there was never the start of a new line. This was very confusing. They could have done a better writing job."
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    #11The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller wherein Rachel, the protagonist, takes the same train on her everyday commute. She always catches a glimpse of a couple from the window of the train, and one day when she witnesses something terrible.


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    Bruce Wheeler
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I read many books with unreliable narrators but The Girl on the Train seemed to be the worst offender. I loved the book overall but thought the narrating was lacking quite a bit."
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    #12The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Judy Castro
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "the movie doesnt do justice to the book this book it sucks you, in it starts a bit slow but because the way that the narrator is telling the story you feel like you are the main witness of the story i wouldnt say this is a book with an unreliable narrator , because you start to feel you a part of nicks world more than any other character and he is likeable character ."
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    #13Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.

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    Joshua Ramos
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Flowers for Algernon is an incredibly important novel about what it means to be one's self. Reading the story about a man going through such a mental change illustrates the change in his idea of self and his perspective and ultimate dissatisfaction with the world around him. Is it the world that he rejects or is it his own intelligence? Is the world really bad or is he just an unreliable narrator. The reader is taken on a ride with him. Buckle in!"
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    #14To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Christian Aguilar
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Now does this need any introduction ? Maybe one of the best book that has written , i would go out on a limb to say the top 5 book that has been written. Its a classic, and with all classics this one should be on your coffee table no matter what age group you fall in to. "
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    #15We Were Liars

    We Were Liars

    This is a suspense novel starring the Sinclair family, a wealthy and perfect family who spends their summers on a private island. When Cadence was 15 tough, something terrible happened between her and a group of friends called 'the liars', and now, two years later, she starts to remember everything about the accident that made her change. 


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    Bobby Lewis
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Unusual and different story which is still worth the read and review. The story itself is interesting and moves along quickly"
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    #16The Secret History

    The Secret History

    The Secret History is a standalone mystery fiction novel written by Donna Tartt which centers on Richard Papen joinining an exclusive group of students living in the secret world of drugs, alcohol, and violence. 


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    James Wright
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "There is a whole world that normal people never get to see or even know about. It involves drugs, alcohol, and violence. Although The Secret History is fictional, it makes me second guess the story and the actual group of students involved in this underworld. This is one of the most interesting reads I have completed in months and can't recommend it enough."
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    #17The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart is a book containing poems and short stories written by literary icon Edgar Allan Poe. It was released in February 1983. It includes the title story Tell-Tale Heart, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and William Wilson.


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    Sharon Jensen
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "Eleonora". Here too is a major selection of what Poe characterized as the passion of his life, his poems - "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," Ulalume," "Lenore," "The Bells," and more, plus his glorious prose poem "Silence - A Fable" and only full-length novel"
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    #18The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)
    Roger Ackroyd knew that the woman he loved committed suicide with an apparent drug overdose. He had received a letter of information but before he could finish, he was stabbed to death. Hercule Poirot, his friend, takes over to solve the mystery.

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    Pamela Wong
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Definitely a great plot twist in this book. I think the way the narrator changes is definitely new to what I am used to seeing out of books. I really liked this book and would recommend it to my friends."
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    #19The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic fiction book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Elaine Hedges for the Afterword, and Maggie O'Farrell for the Introduction. First published in 1892 by Virago Modern Classics and republished in 2006.


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    Sharon Gibson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a forgotten classic, but it doesn't need to be! Give it a read and you'll enjoy it very much."


Best What are the best books with unreliable narrators
1Fight ClubBooks 45 Paid
2The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 40 Paid
3American PsychoBooks 39 Paid
4The Catcher in the RyeBooks 37 Paid
5Gone GirlBooks 35 Paid
6One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 32 Paid
7LolitaBooks 31 Paid
8Never Let Me GoBooks 26 Paid
9The Turn of the Screw Books 25 Paid
10Wuthering Heights Books 23 Paid

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