Top 5 Endings
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I’m a little late. I’m sorry. Outside forces have kept me busy this weekend.
I struggled with this week’s Top 5. As a writer, I constantly hear how important the hook (opening) of a story is. But the ending can be just as imprtant. The ending sticks with the reader and may push them to read more of the author or ditch them for good.
I searched high and low for 5 great endings, even pulling out my kindle. Here they are:
“Oh, I will,” said Harry, and they were surprised at the grin that was spreading over his face. “They don’t know we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer….”
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
If you’ve read Harry Potter you know how Harry was mistreated. The idea of him getting payback was the perfect ending.
“Watson will say yes, I’m sure of it. He always says yes to me.”
–A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Those two sentences sums up the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Not my favorite book but a good ending.
Outside in the sunlight, New York City greeted me with robust noise and color and life. Sometimes besieged by Evil, and sometimes full of heartbreak, but always full of wonders.
– Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick
This is the first book in the Esther Diamond Series, a fantasy/mystery series full of quirky characters. This ending ties up the book and sets you on the path for the whole series. Love it!
I waited on my board in the lineup for a good set as the little swells lifted me up and gently set me down again. They resembled ripples on a pond compared to the thundering mountains up on the North Shore, But I’d had enough of big wave riding for one winter.
–Wipeout! by Chip Hughes
The ending sums up the whole mystery. Really! A surfing detective 🙂
I paused for a moment, smiling as their laughter traveled up the stairwell. They were good people, strong women, and loyal friends. They’d restored some of my faith in mankind, and it had cost me only a chunk of fake hair and a little embarrassment.
Not a bad accomplishment for less than a week.
–Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon
Yes, fake hair played an important role in this mystery. Just read it!
What is one of your favorite endings?