One of my favorite literary devices is the unreliable narrator. Wikipedia defines this as “a narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised.” There are a ton of reasons why this could be the case: purposeful deception, mental illness, denial, self-delusion, self-protection, amnesia, etc. Recently, I’ve been thrilled to read three different novels that use unreliable narrators (The Asylum by John Harwood, The Dinner by Herman Koch, and The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell), each of which was all the more enjoyable because I felt slightly off-kilter as I was reading, never quite knowing exactly how much to believe or where the story was going.
I decided to go through my review list and look for other books which have given me the same experience, and I found a few:
Do you also enjoy unreliable narrators? Do you have any you would recommend?