A mystery thriller novel needs to have enough tension to keep the readers on the edge of their seat. It should be intense without overwhelming the story’s moral. With an intense story, the reader will find it difficult to put down your book in the middle of reading. They’d want to turn the page as soon as they can to know what happens next. If you want to ensure that your novel becomes a page-turner, then here are the most effective tips that you, as an author, should be able to take advantage of.
#1. Cultivate reader’s attachment to your character.
Get your readers attached to your character. When your readers get attached to your characters, they tend to continue reading just so they can “encounter” their favorite character. After all, only through flipping the book will the reader be able to get to know more about the character they are attached to. Only by finishing the book will you be able to know if your favorite character gets his or her happy ending.
#2. Increase the stake.
A story that aims to thrill the audience will usually have a gamble that the character has to win, no matter what. Of course, since it is a gamble, there should be something at stake. Let the readers know the stakes. Heighten it, if possible. A good example is when the male lead has to race against a ticking clock just to save the female lead.
#3. Learn proper pacing.
Even a mystery thriller shouldn’t be too fast it’s like a whirlwind. As the author, you have to learn how to properly pace your story. Let the twists and revelations sink in to your readers. Know when to use slow pacing and fast pacing.
#4. Character conflict.
To make a tense situation that can keep your readers on edge, creating a character conflict is a good move. It is especially effective when the readers have already emotionally invested into the character. Conflicts may arise internally or with the character’s relationships. Through these conflicts, the readers will sympathize with the character more.
#5. Give your readers room to breathe.
It isn’t all tension. A book should not be too fast-paced that the readers aren’t given room to breathe. Time your tensions appropriately, and give your readers a breather in a timely manner.
#6. Use cliffhangers, but don’t overuse it.
Cliffhangers are great in whetting the readers appetite. Through a cliffhanger, the reader will want to read more into the book. However, be sure that you don’t overuse cliffhangers. Otherwise, your readers will be disappointed, especially when the cliffhangers left them hanging, with lots of questions in their minds about your plot instead.
#7. High-impact reveals are delicate.
When it comes to books, high-impact reveals can make your readers’ jaw. However, handling these reveals can be really delicate. To decide if a high-impact piece of information should be revealed at the beginning, middle, or end, the first thing that you have to gauge is whether or not revealing that particular information will really give the best tension.