Tuesday, December 4, 2018


The 'Twist': When the Plot Thickens by Rob Kaufman @robkaufmanct #writing

The “Twist”: When the Plot Thickens

By Rob Kaufman

One of the most difficult parts of writing suspense and psychological thrillers is keeping the “twist” (the unforeseen development) a surprise. There’s a fine line between maintaining reader interest while also not giving away too much information. With A Broken Reality, there is a good amount of information provided within the first few pages, but the suspense lingers throughout the book. One review I received said it perfectly:
“What I loved most about this book was that there was no mystery to be solved. The reader knows what happened and what is happening as the story unfolds. Still, my heart was racing to know how it would all play out.”
When I read reviews like that, I know I’ve done my job! Sure, I pepper in clues along the way, knowing that readers are curious people – many will go back and try to find something they might’ve missed. That’s the reason I had to be exceptionally precise with the timeline and action in A Broken Reality. If one small piece of the puzzle was missing or incorrect, my readers would know it… and I’d hear about it immediately.
With my previous book, One Last Lie, it was a few weeks before publication when one of my Advance Readers read the book and brought up a flaw in the plot that no one else caught. After three panic attacks and a few glasses of wine (okay, more than a few), I got myself together and thought things through. I figured out a way to make it work and rewrote a large section of the book. It’s now a top-seller and gets four and five star reviews from readers around the world. That’s the reason it’s so important to have Advance Readers review books before publication. Okay… I digress.
Back to the subject at hand: the “twist”. I often wonder if readers enjoy a full, “OMG, I don’t believe it!” within the final pages or if they would rather have enough clues along the way that they’re not completely surprised at the end.
What’s your preference? I’d love to know so I can keep it in mind for my next book!

About the Author
As a child, Rob Kaufman was always fascinated by the stories recited by those around him and the words used to tell them. As he got older, his need to tell his own stories grew, as did his ability to share them in exciting and captivating ways.

However, he wanted to share more than just stories. His primary desire was to create characters with whom people could relate, while at the same time bringing them through a journey from which most would crumble.

His degree in Psychology was the first step toward getting beneath the surface of the people in his life. What followed was a lifelong search for what makes people tick – what forces them to become evil when deep down in their heart of hearts, they are yearning for love. Rob’s characters walk this search with him, deep into the human psyche, creating psychological thrillers from every day events.

Rob’s second book “One Last Lie" continues to receive great praise and is selling well in both electronic and paperback formats. His current book, “A Broken Reality” is much darker than his first, with characters who hold bits and pieces of strangers he’s known, friends he’s had and personal tragedy he’s lived through.

“This book hits home for me,” says Rob. “There were a few pages that made me laugh out loud as I wrote them... and many that made me cry. And the great thing is, I’m finding that many readers of this book are experiencing the same emotions.”

Through social and other media, Rob hopes to get “A Broken Reality” into the hands of millions, so that they, too, can experience the ups, downs, twists, turns and final tragedy that has helped make this book a Five-Star contender.
Website Address: www.AuthorRobKaufman.com
Twitter Address: @RobKaufmanCT

About the Book:

Author: Rob Kaufman
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 320
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Psychological Thriller

On a fateful night in the dead of winter, an unimaginable tragedy changes the lives of two families forever. How will they manage to deal with reality while stopping the sociopath who is pushing them toward the edge of sanity?

Ten-year-old, Danny Madsen, has been missing for four days when Jesse Carlton begins his own search for his godson on a frigid, snowy night. Driving along a deserted rural road, Jesse hits a stretch of black ice at the same time Danny appears from the thicket. Unable to control the car, Jesse slams into the boy and watches helplessly as Danny's body flies back into the dark brush.

When Jesse regains consciousness, he has no recollection of how he and his car wound up in a ditch. However, there's a witness: Charles Hastings, the sociopathic kidnapper who chased Danny through the brush and into the path of Jesse's car.

Hastings takes this chance to set up Jesse so he'll take the fall for both Danny's disappearance and death. And so the mind games begin--an onslaught of psychological manipulation that devastates Jesse, his wife, Danny's parents and the cops' investigation. Inexplicably, the torment continues even after the primary suspect is killed and the rollercoaster of emotions and confusion seems never-ending until the final and devastating truth is revealed.

If you like gripping, suspenseful page-turners that keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this is a must read!

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