Sep 10 2012 9:48am

Best, Most Agonizing Cliffhanger?

Note: If you click through to comments, know there will inevitably be spoilers!

Most series books end with something to pique your interest until the next book comes out—did she really kill him? Who's she gonna choose? What will she do now that she knows who she really is?

So in comments share your thoughts for the best cliffhanger, the one that made you want the next book now!

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
SPOILERS for Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series:

The cliffhanger that probably had me most on-edge for the next book was in Suzanne Brockmann's Over the Edge, when Sam left Alyssa to marry the woman he'd had a one-night stand with at the beginning of the book, as she was pregnant with his child. I was dying to see Sam/Alyssa get their HEA somehow, someway.
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
For me the most horrific cliffhanger was in "Changes" by Jim Butcher when the hero freaking died!
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Mine has to be Dreamfever, where I thought that Mac might have killed Barrons. I agree with @bungluna, though, that the end of Changes was pretty gnarly also.
Lege Artis
4. LegeArtis
Over the Edge was pure torture!
I started Fever series few days after Shadowfever was released, so my agony with that cliffhanger was short.
Most recent cliffhanger that drives me crazy is at the end of Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh. Oh, how I hope next book is about Kaleb....
6. pamelia
I agree with redheadedjen: definitely "A Dance with Dragons"
Also, "Shadow's Fall" by Dianne Sylvan and "Sins of the Demon" by Diana Rowland had rather nail-bitey cliffhangers at the end.
I am always glad to run across cliffhangers in series that I start reading when they have already all been published; not so much when it might be several months or (in the case of George R.R. Martin) several years to get the payoff!!
7. willaful
Oh yeah, the Brockmann for sure. But the end of the first Cat and Bones book was also a heartbreaker.
8. Revy
The end of Angelfall was pure torture for me. I need to know what happened to Raffe
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