Check out another great post from Rachel Poli’s blog. This one poses the question: Does your Mystery Novel need to have a solution? It’s part of her Mystery Month series.
We’ve all read those kinds of books where the ending is left pretty open. Sometimes it’s satisfying, sometimes it’s not. Once in a while it’s okay to leave the ending up to the reader and they can infer on what might happen next. Other times, though, it just doesn’t make any sense.
You know how sometimes you have 20 pages left in a book and you’re either saying to yourself, “How can this all get wrapped up in 20 pages?” or, “It’s over… what else can be said in these 20 pages?”
I’m pretty sure you want your readers asking themselves the former, but are you able to do that with a mystery where a crime has taken place?
Let the crime go unsolved
In real life, there are plenty of crimes out there that have gone unsolved. It’s the sad truth. In some cases, the bad guy is crafty…
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