Coincidentally, in the last couple of weeks three separate readers reached out to me, all wanting to know the answer to the same question pertaining to In the Silence, my first novel. This one is seriously spoilery, so I've used my powers of sorcery (a.k.a. white text on a white background) to make both the question and answer invisible. To reveal them, use your cursor to highlight the white area between this paragraph and the next. But if you haven't read In the Silence yet (and remember you can grab it for free as a member of the Reader's Club!), DEFINITELY DON'T DO IT.
Q: Who shot Victor during the climax in the bell-tower?
A: Victor was shot by the same police marksmen Anna meets on her way down the stairs in the next chapter. Zoe called the police after receiving Victor's text confessing to the murders and they were able to make it to the university in time to take him out before he killed Gavin.
It's funny because, as an author, I always think I've provided enough information for readers to be able to fill in the blanks, but the fact that several people have got in touch with the same question suggests that I fell short of the mark on this occasion. That's one of the dangers when you live with a story inside your head for so long: because you, the author, already know exactly what happens, it's all too easy to assume something is obvious when in fact it isn't, overlooking the fact that readers don't have the benefit of being able to read an author's mind -- or having them on standby to personally explain anything that doesn't make sense!
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