A friend has lent me the book 'Waiting for Wednesday' by Nicci French. Nicci French is a pseudonym for Nicci Gerard and Sean French, husband and wife journalists. It is a murder mystery and I have really enjoyed it. If you like a good murder, then look out for any of their books as they are always very readable.
But it is highly complicated. There are two or three strands/stories going on at the same time and they become interwoven and then go off at tangents from one another.
The writing of this kind of book really interests me. How does the writer keep tabs on all his/her characters, making sure there is continuity and making sure that the story follows through?
In pre-computer days I can only think it would have to be done with hundreds of cards stuck on a huge wall board, with arrows leading from one to another, sometimes intersecting, sometimes moving apart. Now I presume it can be done on some kind of giant spread sheet (which goes right over my head.)
Does the author (or in this case authors) decide right at the beginning who is the murderer, or does this maybe evolve as the story line builds up?
And are there little flaws, which the reader probably misses completely, but which the authors spotted too late? I suspect there are, but I certainly have not found any.
Do read it if you get half a chance - and let me know what you think of it.