Posted on November 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An extremely informal and unscientific poll reveals three authors and one book to avoid if you’re particular about your endings.

We asked Fussy’s Facebook fans which books’ final pages had left them unsatisfied (or downright upset), and among the many answers, we noted just a few trends.

Here are your nominations for the “winners,” so to speak:

  • Valerie B.: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton!

  • Kathy W.: Most books by Kate Morton!!

  • Gayle G.: The last one of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

  • Iralee B.: The Stand by Stephen King.

  • Donna S.: The Long Walk by Stephen King and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

  • Silvi O.: 1Q84, The Hunger Games, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and those are just the first ones that came to mind.

  • Jacky L.: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas!

  • Suanne B.: The Notebook (by Nicholas Sparks).

  • Gail M.: I was shocked at the end of The Horse Whisperer (by Nicholas Sparks). But I was livid when I watched the ending of the movie version of the book. The movie left out the subplot that culminated in the ending of the book and it was the dumbest, most boring ending of any movie ever. EVER. It was like they lost interest in the story and decided, meh, just let him watch as they drive away. That'll work.

You may find mild spoilers in the following collections of answers, but otherwise, enjoy — whether it’s to find recommendations for unforgettable endings or to find warnings of which books to avoid.


  • Andrea M.: My Sister's Keeper.    

  • Nancy T.: When Laurie married Amy instead of Jo in Little Women. I cried.

  • Carol E.: The Diary of Anne Frank. I read it as a very young teenager, not having any idea what it was about or that it was true. I was in shock for a month.


  • Angie G.: Emma.

  • Nancy M.: Anna Karenina — I could not believe she took the coward’s way out!

  • Margaret L.: Long years ago as a teen I read Gone with the Wind without any knowledge of the movie plot or how it ended. Couldn't believe it.

  • Jo D.: The House of Mirth.

  • Diane C.: Sister Carrie. And a bunch of noir police procedurals.

  • Holly H.: Scaramouche.

Newer novels

  • Nancy H.: ... And Ladies of the Club.

  • Deborah D.: I threw Cold Mountain across the room. I was furious at the ending.

  • Deborah H.: Faithful by Alice Hoffman.

  • Janice R.: And God Said, Billy! by Frank Schaeffer.

  • Pam O.: Verity by Colleen Hoover!

  • Jennifer L.: The Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. I totally remember sitting there with my mouth hanging open in surprise. I read it to my son and he wouldn’t let me stop. I was hoarse by the end, too!

Thrills and chills

  • Patricia B.: Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy.

  • Cynthia D.: American Psycho.

  • Mary H.: The Partner — John Grisham. Seriously?

  • Jane Z.: A series of mysteries by Stephen White. I will never forgive him. Also, Beach Road by James Patterson.

  • Claire M.: A Game of Thrones.

  • Cathy S.: Dana Stabenow's Bad Blood. So worth it, though.

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