How long will you wait to resolve a cliffhanger?

Hollow_City_(novel)_coverI just finished Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It’s a good story, but if you’ve only seen the movie, you probably won’t follow this book. This is not a review of the book, but of a writing technique, I can’t remember reading before.

I was listening to my Kindle read the book to me this past weekend. It came to a scene where the heroes were in life-threatening danger. Then the author Ransom Riggs threw in an unexpected twist and ended the book, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger.

Can anyone name a book where that has happened? Comics do it and, of course, television shows, but I can’t remember a novel that did it.

The largest reason why it wouldn’t be popular is that readers would more than likely have to wait a year before getting the resolution to the crisis. That’s a long time to leave the readers hanging.

Does it work as a literary technique?

It certainly does for chapter ending, and it does here. However, when the resolution is drawn out for a year, I think some of the power wears off.

What do you think?

Also, send me the names of any novels that have a cliffhanger ending.


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