Every chapter and scene should end in a way that makes the reader want to continue reading. The last sentence can determine whether a reader will turn the page or put the book down. Here are 20 examples of ending sentences that are sure to motivate a reader to turn the page and keep on reading. Try adapting some of these sentences to your story.
Something was very, very wrong.
What happened next, he never saw coming.
Realization crashed over him like a tidal wave
Why hadn’t she thought of that before?
Who was she protecting?
Now it might be too late.
It was what she said next that sent a chill through his body.
It wasn’t what he said but what he didn’t say that shocked her.
He slammed on the brakes but it was too late. *
To his horror, he suddenly realized why he was there. *
She picked up the phone and gasped when she heard the voice from her past. *
“No,” she begged. “Please don’t—” *
How could this happen? *
He thought he had made his point—but then he read the last sentence again. *
Oh no. Please, no.
What she saw would change her life forever.
Who could he tell?
She had to find the answer.
Did anyone see her?
Can you think of more great ending sentences to keep readers reading? I’d love to add them to this list.
* indicates sentences generated by Fremont Area Writers.