Posted by: nancycurteman | September 27, 2014

20 Chapter Endings to Keep Readers Reading

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th-1Every 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

Bloody Hell

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.

More Tips:

How to End a Mystery Novel
How to Write Endings for Mystery Novels

* indicates sentences generated by Fremont Area Writers.


  1. Great sentences to lure the reader to the next scene or chapter. Blessings to you, Nancy…


    • I’m collecting these sentences to share with my readers. Thanks for your comment, Carol.


  2. Great post as always Nancy. Mine would be:

    “What did they want from him?”


    • David, Thanks for adding a great chapter ending sentence.


  3. Wonderfully helpful, Nancy. Also add the beloved Patricia Moyes’ clincher: “Time,” said Bob loudly. “Time gentlemen, if you please.”


    • Good chapter ending sentence. We’re getting a good collection. Thanks.


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