Posted on 04/15/2021 at 09:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Mystery novelists have to walk a special tightrope.
Make the culprit too obvious and readers won’t have a reason to finish the novel (or to praise it).
But make the culprit someone that readers would never guess and they’ll find the ending lazy or implausible.
Red herrings — done well — are a key strategy to helping you strike the right balance of suspense.
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