Sunday, January 14, 2024

BW3: Cliffhangers


Happy Sunday! I hate cliffhangers. I adore cliffhangers. The clock is counting down, someone is left in a perilous position, or  died, reality is not what it seems, or a character is psychologically or literally dangling from a cliff.   

Cliffhangers get our imagination pumping and sometimes leave us exasperated and frustrated when the next book isn't readily available. You'll be reading along and realize you are almost to the end of the book. Wait! This is happening too fast. How is the story going to wrap up? Is the story going to wrap it up?  Then with bated breath, you come to the last page and the story ends in a cliffhanger.  Grumble, grumble roar.  

I remember reading Michelle Gagnon's Kelly Jones murder mystery series in which I became deeply invested in the characters and the story. The Tunnels, segued into Boneyard, then supposedly ended with The Gatekeeper. The Gatekeeper ended in a cliffhanger which had me gasping, and going back a few pages to make sure I didn't miss something, then rereading the last chapter three more times. No, she didn't. The author did not just leaving me hanging like that?  And the next book wasn't available yet. for another year.  Sigh! 

Of course, there is the thrill, when a trilogy or series has been completely released, of rereading the stories again, from start to finish.  And usually by that time, I've forgotten most of the story line so it feels like reading them again for the first time. 

Kudos to the authors who pull you into the story, make you care about the characters and know how to craft an excellent cliffhanger, leaving you breathless, waiting in anticipation for the continuation of the story. 

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