This week I’ve been enjoying some of the Hunky Hubbies wizard detective books. What have I learned from my reading this week?
That pacing is everything. Yep, I learned it again. The reader has been waiting for three entire books for the protagonist to admit to his friend a wrong that he has done. And at the very end of the book, the friend asks the protagonist what is wrong. The reader (me) is just dying here. “Tell him, TELL HIM!!!” you shout at the book. And the easy way out would be for the author to do just that…but he doesn’t he has the character talk about something else that is really bothering him. And the friend reassures the protagonist that he trusts him that he believes in him, and at the very last chance the protagonist just spits out the confession that you have been waiting for. The author paced this moment just right, not too soon, not too late. Perfect, annoying, but perfect.