Where do you draw the line between a good mystery and the annoyance at the vagueness?
In my multi-pov story, one of the characters is doing something behind everyone’s backs, turning into a sort of an antagonist.
Currently, I leave it very vague. By about chapter 10 or so the reader will get the first direct hints that she’s up to something, but she never directly thinks what it is.
It’s only by the end of the book that you’d get the big reveal, everything will be explained.
So as I’m writing this book, the further down I go, the harder it is to hide what she’s doing.
And I wonder if I should reveal more glimpses of the grand plan so readers would know her goal and what’s at stake. Or is it going to spoil the mystery?
I didn’t write her to be an unreliable narrator. Since this is in third person, it’s quite easy to hide what she’s doing without lying about it - I simply don’t show it.
There are negative consequences to each of her acts, and I show her reactions to that, I show her stress and fear of being caught.
I’m growing frustrated with her pov though, and I wonder if the reader will become frustrated as well.
Alternatively, I could completely cut her pov. The problem with that is that this is a second book in a series, and in the first, she’s gained a few fans. Those readers would be disappointed. Also, in this book, she’s the only female pov (out of four) so I’m even more reluctant to cut her.
What’s your opinion about hiding what a pov character is doing?