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Title: Hacked Up
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Digitally Imagined
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: 02/06/2017
Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.
That’s the question. And the answer is what I like to solve. Not just with books I read but also ones I write. Yeah, I don’t always have that answer when I start writing a book. I usually have a general idea of where I’m going and who could be the killer, but that doesn’t always remain the same throughout. Often I’ll get a new idea halfway through. Sometimes sooner and sometimes later.
There are good reasons why this works but there are also reasons why writers shouldn’t this. I’m a big fan of soap operas and have been watching them since I was a little kid. One trope seen often on soaps is the Whodunit? And even as a twelve year old I could tell when soaps either had no clue who the killer was or changed it halfway through.
One that I still vividly recall happened on One Life to Live. The victim was Michael Grande, a man who had switched babies and pissed off lots of people so there were lots of suspects. The main suspect was his wife Brenda. There was an episode where she was dreaming or hallucinating or something and she saw the killer. Her reaction was to scream her fool head off. Months later when it was revealed that Roger Gordon was the killer I was upset because Brenda’s reaction made no sense. I had no doubt that the writers had intended for Brenda to be the killer.
Now if that had been a book and I changed my mind about the identity of the killer I could’ve gone back and planted clues so it all made sense. I could’ve used Brenda as a red herring but probably wouldn’t have used her screaming dream.
With my new book I kept the killer the same for most of the book. However, there was some brainstorming that happened more than three quarters into writing the book. I can’t actually share the twist because that would spoil the surprise for readers but I think it’s quite a doozy.
Hope you feel the same.
Whodunit? Let’s find out.
Comment and tell me your favorite surprise twists in either books or movies. I’ll pick one to receive an eBook from my backlist.
About the Author
Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.
Readers can find Ethan online.
His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books
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