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I'm starting to get some feedback on The Deception. For the most part it's been good, with some minor criticism here and there, but that's to be expected. After all, none of us can please all readers all the time. However, one comment was about the sudden end to one of the characters. I'm told it was too jarring and too over the top.
Warning! Spoiler Alert!
I decided to kill off a character in a traffic accident, and no, I don't warn you about it. That's because it's one of those things in life that really does happen, without warning, for the victims or their survivors, and afterwards life is never the same. It's a reality I know all too well. About ten years ago I lost a young cousin to a car crash. It was completely unexpected. One minute he was a healthy twenty-year-old man. The next minute he was gone forever. My own life hasn't been the same since 1992, when I was sideswiped by an armored car going sixty-five miles per hour in a twenty-five mile per hour zone. I'm still alive, obviously, but it left me with a permanent injury. Twenty years later I'm still flabbergasted about how my life was changed so suddenly.
That said, my decision to kill a character in a car accident may indeed seem over the top for some of you. Others, however, disagree. Since the character who is killed is one of the "bad guys," I've been told by other readers that the scene made them fell vindicated, as they thought it was the character's "bad karma" that got them there.
Like it or not, it's one of those tragic events that happen all too often. I guess the point I'm making is to never take life for granted. It can, without warning, come to a sudden end.
My thought for the day.