What the Feck?! (WTF?!)
Every Monday we talk about a book related topic
that had us thinking WTF?! while reading a book
or talking to others in the book community.
When you don't see a cliffhanger coming....grrr
I have two categories for this topic: cliffhangers occurring in a series and books you THINK are single titles until you reach the end of the book and...it doesn't end.
In both cases, it's that not seeing it coming that frustrates me. You think you're invested in one book, thinking about what you're going to read next. Then you notice you're running out of pages and the storyline is nowhere near a wrap up. That's not the time I want to be scrambling around either finding the next book or when it's planned for release.
I don't mind cliffhangers...I just want to know there IS onebefore I start reading the book.....
Take for example the recent trend where a new book is released without any mention at all that it's going to be a trilogy. It seems to be happening pretty frequently these days and I've become leery of the books with vague descriptions, you know, the ones with the dominant rich guy and the heroine exploring her sexuality. These are screaming, "I'm dragging this out for three books!"
I do my research, and I'm pretty good at it but got fooled with Release Me by J. Kenner. I checked the author's and publisher's websites, Amazon and Goodreads to make certain it was a single title. Since I was downloading it from NetGalley, there weren't any reviews. I really wasn't interested in another series and didn't figure it out until I started running out of pages. Now, I recognize the code words can see them coming from a mile away.
Then there are those series that are designed from the start to be one continuous story arc. It's pretty common with UF series and you sort of anticipate it. I only read the Fever series about two years ago so I was forewarned. Even so, I had no idea how huge some of these endings would be, finding myself downloading the next book at 2:00 am and ending up reading all night long.
Even knowing this is commonplace in this genre doesn't always prepare you. I didn't realize that some of the books in the Chicagoland Vampires series had major cliffhangers until I was warned by friends not to read the next book unless I was prepared to read the next two (Hard Bitten & Drink Deep).
I don't see this often in the mystery genre but it does happen. It just goes against the grain to not have a mystery solved by the end of the book. The Deer Lake series by Tami Hoag is one exception. I read Night Sins (all 500 pages!) and was astounded when I got to the end and the mystery wasn't resolved. I had no choice but to continue into the next book, Guilty as Sin, which was another 500 pages. I enjoyed the books but was pretty peeved to have to read 1,000 pages to determine whodunit.
Does any of this bug you?
Are you okay with unforeseen surprises that fling you into the next book or make you wait months for the outcome?
If you have any examples, please share them!