10 Fantastic Novels with Disappointing Endings

Even great works of literature have stumbled at the finish line.

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They can't all end with "yes I said yes I will Yes," but is there anything less satisfying than turning the final page of a book you've loved and being thoroughly dissatisfied with its conclusion? This only happens rarely, and while a weak ending usually won't completely ruin a great novel, it can certainly leave the reader feeling frustrated. We've round up books both classic and contemporary that have had us hooked all the way through, only to leave us wanting more (and not in a good way).

Warning: spoilers abound.

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