With the success of books such as Dangerous Girls and I Hunt Killers as well as TV shows such as Bones and Pretty Little Liars, there has been a surge of mystery and thriller books in the young adult genre recently. And I’m all for that – there’s nothing better than a spine-tingling, mind-bending thriller to keep you up at night.
Yet I’ve noticed that there’s a specific technique authors have been using in these thrillers: they occasionally write a sporadic chapter or two from the point-of-view of the culprit, without giving away their identity.
As creepy and unsettling as reading from the culprit’s view, there are instances when it does more harm than good. For instance, while authors don’t simply come and tell who the culprit is in these chapters, they do explore what their motives are; and this can make it easier to narrow down who it is.
This being said, I’m curious to know: