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message 1: by Lilly (last edited Oct 18, 2017 04:54PM) (new)

Lilly Flores (lillix425) | 14 comments Mod
For those that read October's book selection and didn't make it out to this month's meetup... Here is your online discussion forum!

What were your overall thoughts/reactions and final rating of Behind Closed Doors?

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1. Talk about the characters, both good and bad. Describe their personalities and motivations. Are they fully developed and emotionally complex? Or are they flat, one-dimensional heroes and villains?

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2. What do you know...and when do you know it? At what point in the book did you begin to piece together what happened?

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3. Good crime writers embed hidden clues in plain sight, slipping them in casually, almost in passing. Did you pick them out, or were you...clueless? Once you've finished the book, go back to locate the clues hidden in plain sight. How skillful was the author in burying them?

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4. Good crime writers also tease us with red-herrings—false clues—to purposely lead readers astray? Does your author try to throw you off track? If so, were you tripped up?

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5. Does the author ratchet up the suspense? Did you find yourself anxious—quickly turning pages to learn what happened? A what point does the suspense start to build? Where does it climax...then perhaps start rising again?

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Lilly Flores (lillix425) | 14 comments Mod
6. A good ending is essential in any mystery or crime thriller: it should ease up on tension, answer questions, and tidy up loose ends. Does the ending accomplish those goals?

Is the conclusion probable or believable?
Is it organic, growing out of clues previously laid out by the author (see Question 3)?
Or does the ending come out of the blue, feeling forced or tacked-on?
Perhaps it's too predictable.
Can you envision a different or better ending?

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