During one of our icy snow days, I read a new book called A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff. It wasn’t the best book I have ever read but what did stick with me were the connections between the characters. The quirky characters rent rooms in a run down building without knowing they all have a relationship to each other. As the book progresses, little clues are revealed that help the reader solve the mystery about how the characters’ lives intersect. By the end, we know how and why the characters were meant to be together.
A Tangle of Knots made me think about other books I know that have this fate element to them. Books that weave character stories together to create a clever puzzle of relationships. It is a little bit like a modern (and shorter) version of Great Expectations by Dickens who always intertwined lives so cleverly. Here are the books I like that have an element of fate or destiny or secret connections.
- The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
- Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Remarkable by Elizabeth Foley
- The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
- Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
- The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
I just ordered The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech, which I think may belong on this list too. Can anyone confirm?