That is the question so many have recently asked. Six months ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue that a book cliffhanger could be such a hot topic. Since I don’t mind them, I never really considered that there is a whole slew of readers who will purposely avoid purchasing or reading a book if they know it contains a cliffhanger. For me, a cliffhanger is an exciting thing. Weird, right?
Hear me out… I love the anticipation of how an author is going to “get me” at the end. I relish reading those last pages and having my “WTF” moment. The bigger the cliffhanger, the larger the impression it leaves me with. I enjoy seeking out the author when I’m done reading and giving them a piece of my mind. I don’t mind the wait for the next book. I know some readers will hold off on reading an entire series until all the books have been released and then gorge themselves on the entire series in just a few days. I can appreciate that, but I am not going to deny myself the joy of getting my hands on an anticipated read just because the ending leaves me with my jaw on the floor.
There are people who will rate a book less just because it has a cliffhanger. Personally, I don’t understand that. If I loved a book, then I loved the whole thing, cliffhanger and all. For me, that wouldn’t change my rating, although if I were a “cliffy-hater”, maybe I would see this differently. One of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read was in Kim Karr’s book, Connected. That cliffhanger left me yelling at my Kindle and feeling entirely too excited about writing a review for it. I’m eagerly anticipating the follow-up.
About the Author:
Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.