I just finished reading a mystery novel that I really enjoyed, but I can’t tell you the name of the book if I want to write about it because what I want to discuss would be a major spoiler.
At some point in the future I will mention the book’s title, though I won’t reference this post; today I want to ponder the author’s choice to kill a character after we’ve come to know and like them. Not just once, but in this book there were four different characters that were brought to life only to be killed.
The first person started the book but we had just shy of 9 pages in which to get to know her, not unusual or surprising. The second victim had about 35 pages in which she was brought to life, a little harder but still not unusual for this genre. The third had many more pages, and was more likeable than either of the first two, but at least she died of a heart attack before the serial killer got to her. But it’s the fourth victim that got to me.
Introduced on page 31 and pronounced dead on page 416 (out of 438 pages), this character played a major role in the story. Knowing that this is the first in a series of books about a different character (who would have been the perfect love interest), I was sure she was going to be around for the rest of the series. I absolutely did not see her death coming.
Normally I like it when I don’t see a plot twist coming, but this was one I had considered it and dismissed because it wouldn’t make sense to kill her (but probably really because she was my favorite character).
I will continue to read the series, but I will be very careful who I give my heart to in the future!