Let’s say you are reading a romance. *covers ears against squeals of indignant protest* Okay, okay, say it’s a mystery, perhaps. Even though it IS a romance, a romantic suspense. It’s a non-techie type of book. You’re not a computer nerd. I SAID “let’s say.” Pretend you aren’t a propellerhead.
Your main character is being bothered with unwanted phone calls and e-mail messages. The bad person appears to be able to get the new phone numbers and e-mail addresses as they change. So your characters decide to set a trap!
In the previous passage, they’ve discussed how they traced back the headers in the e-mail and found them to be faked to look like they were coming from a friend. Before going to the police and phone company and trying to do all the red tape stuff to get a tap on the line or whatnot, they decide to set a trap to see if it’s one of their other co-workers or friends (someone they’d rather not accuse or get into trouble if it’s a “joke”), and then take action based on what they find. (It’s tough to get that wiretap unless you’re WITH the government, after all.)
Do you want to see the trap and hear all about it, or do you want to be surprised? Should the next scene be all techie, or would you rather skip to something else that gives clues and red herrings about who it might be,a and then see the trap sprung?
I am inclined to leave them hanging with the last line telling the reader that “we’re going to set a trap,” and not to explain what the trap will be. Then I’ll cut to a different scene and let them hang for a while. THEN we’ll see the trap getting sprung, and readers will realize when it happens (I hope.)
Or would you want to see it all explained right up front?
Crud–can’t do a poll or I’ll lose all this text. Sure, I could copy it and re-paste and all that rot, but I’m not sure I want a yes/no poll. It wouldn’t help as much as an explained yes/no. People who have an opinion on this should have their full say, right? I’d appreciate a few different points of view on this one.
So . . . please leave a comment at the tone. BEEP!