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The Unreliable Narrator

An unreliable narrator is a character who can’t be trusted to tell his or her story with complete accuracy. Whether from ignorance or self-interest, this type of narrator has a distorted view of the events, giving the reader an extra challenge to work out the truth for themselves. One of the more recent examples of this literary device is in Gillian Flynn’s wildly popular thriller, Gone Girl. To find more ways a narrator can trick you, check out these great reads:

 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

 

 

 

 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 

 

 
 
 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Atonement by Ian McEwan

 

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