what did you know, and when? And also, can you recommend books with similar techniques?
Spoilers inside. (Presumed Innocent and Defending Jacob are also mentioned in a way that may be spoiler-y to some.)
I recently read We Need to Talk about Kevin, after having seen the movie
. Knowing the full outcome of Kevin's rampage, I wondered throughout the book just how obvious it would be to the unprepared reader. Particularly, that the husband Eva is writing her letters to is not estranged, but dead. If you read the book, at what point did you know this, and why?
I also started thinking about other books where the narrator's voice dominates, and where it's clear from the beginning that s/he is deeply embroiled in the action, and knows a lot more than we do but somehow manages to keep all or part of it from the reader. (This is of course assuming that you don't figure out WNTTAK right at the beginning.) Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent
and William Landay's Defending Jacob
come to mind. Can anyone recommend other examples of this? Thanks!
(I realize it's hard to name books that do this without creating spoilers. In the three I've mentioned, it's clear from the first few pages that the narrator knows everything and is going to tell us in her/his own good time, so I am hoping describing them that way is not in itself a spoiler.)