I've been having a problem. See, we all know that every characters serves a purpose. Lately, when I pick up a book, I tend to go through the mental checklist to figure out who is who and why a character is in the book.
As soon as a character enters, I seem to know exactly what purpose s/he's going to serve for the book. This means, I know that so and so is going to betray so and so at the end, I know who the killer is, I know who the author wants me to think is the killer.
What do you do?
I mean, in a typical mystery or thriller, you have: the killer, the one were supposed to think it is, so it's a surprise, and usually one to suspect that we know isn't the one.
So what do you do? Include five? To what purpose would the other characters serve, other than a distraction?
Tess Gerrittsen talked about her frustration on endings and readers today. I hear her frustration. It's impossible to please everyone.
I just need to know how to please enough people, LOL.