Store History


Plot Twist is an independent bookstore that opened in Ankeny in 2016. This is a place where book lovers can browse, talk and meet. The bookstore is a full-service store with a curated inventory of books for readers of all ages, a children’s section with an ever-changing selection of new picture and chapter books. Visitors will also discover quality cards, gifts, and puzzles.


Mary Rork-Watson is the owner of Plot Twist. Her love of books has been a constant throughout her life and motivated her desire to open a local bookstore.

When she’s not at Plot Twist, she spends time with her husband, Doug and two sons, Randy and Jake.



Why Shop at Plot Twist Bookstore?

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

  • Spend $100 at a local business and $52 of that stays in your community. Spend the same 100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community – where they belong

The Environment

  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation and a smaller carbon footprint
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community

The Community

  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community


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