I recently blogged about short and long reads and why both are challenging to write as well as terrific to read. The discussion reminded me of another, related issue I blogged about a few years ago: The End.
Although I enjoy reading a good romance, I admit that the “happily ever after” ending is not my favorite. To me, the real story starts after the happy ending. I’m always more interested in The Rest Of The Story. I want to know: What is around that bend in the road? On the other side of that ocean? At the end of that tunnel?
My books always open only after something has happened — although much, much more will happen during the story. In the case of the Hunt for Jack Reacher, FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are learning exactly what happened after the stranger left town.
For the False Truth Serial, rookie reporter Jordan Fox has lived five long years since her mother’s murder and now she wants to know who killed her mom, and why.
Jess Kimball is searching for her son, Peter, who was kidnapped from her home when he was an infant ten years ago. The Jess Kimball Thrillers deal with the aftermath of crime as she uncovers justice for other crime victims along the way.
And Judge Willa Carson and Attorney Jenny Lane are part of a justice system that always picks up where the crime leaves off in The Hunt for Justice.
What about you? Do you want to read only about happy endings? Do you prefer realistic endings or sad books? Or, like me, are you always on The Hunt For The Rest Of The Story?