Archive for January 6th, 2012

How many of you like a good plot twist? One that surprises the heck out of you. I do. The trouble is, I read so much that I can almost always figure out the “surprise”. That’s not always that bad. I had someone email me about my book Starfane, and she said even though she kind of saw what was coming, it was a joy ride getting there. I took that as a compliment, but it would have been nice to surprise her. Some readers get what’s going to happen in Starfane, and some people don’t.

But I’m digressing, because I didn’t start this post meaning to talk about Starfane. I’m talking about Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. I’m listening to the audiobook, and the story is told partly in first person and partly in third. When you’re listening to the first person POV, you feel like you really know the person who’s speaking. But suddenly, he’s not who you thought he was. In fact, I rewound three times because I thought I was hearing something wrong. I was floored. I didn’t see it coming. I don’t want to spoil the surprise in case some of you plan to read this book later, so I won’t say what happened. But I was just delighted at the fact that I had been fooled. The plot twist was completely unexpected to me.

How about you? Do you care if you’re surprised or not? Do you love a good plot twist? Would you rather be fooled or would you rather figure it out? I would love to hear from you.


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