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The other day, I wrote about keeping your readers guessing. Then, I read this book that completely illustrates my point. Elly Griffiths commits a host of sins:

  • the main characters fall into to bed with each other after no lead-up, then never talk about it
  • the protagonist is a cliche of a cliche
  • relationships are unexplained and unbelievable

YET – I could not put this book down. I read while cooking. I brought the book with me to read while waiting in the school carpool line. I read when I should have been writing. Griffiths kept me guessing with excellent twists and turns and sense of suspense so I was willing to forgive the flaws.