Top Ten Tuesdays: Standalone books that need a sequel

If you’re new to my blog,  welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. It’s held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about. This week the topic is about those books that need a sequel.

The thing about sequels though is they can rob the first book of the power in the story, characterisation and the ending. Though, you would hope that in the hands of the right author, that may not matter as much.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

I don’t think I can ever truly express just how devastated I was to learn this was a standalone from Melina Marchetta. This book was absorbing, with some of the best characterisation I have read in a long time — and it usually makes my best of lists when I do this meme. And this is why: the relationship between Bish, a cop and Noor a woman in prison for a bombing who are thrown together in a search for Violette, Noor’s granddaughter. It’s so much more complex than that, but these characters are nuanced and what could have been a cliched storyline is actually just damned brilliant.

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Korede ends this book making a decision about family versus anything else really. That’s what it comes down to for her. I don’t know where a sequel could go, but I do know I want to know more about Korede and Ayoola and their relationship.

Speaking of sisters:

My Sister Rosa

This explores an older brother protecting the world from his — not even kidding — psycho younger sister, Rosa. But what happens when she grows up?

The Wife

There is a hell of a twist in the take in this book, which left me resetting everything I thought I knew about the book and Angela. And it made me want to see more of Angela, of the survivor she is at heart.

Don’t Believe It

This is again an ending that left me wondering about the characters that it revealed and the situations they found themselves in and where things could go from there in a sequel.


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