Continue to the discussion after the jump only if you have already read the book.
When did you know that Stevie had died and not Mr. Verloc? What tipped you off?
The moment it was clear that there were two people involved in the bombing, I started thinking about Stevie in the back of my mind. I really wanted it not to be him, but pretty much everything from there on out convinced me that it was, so it wasn’t a huge shock in the end. In fact, from the first, I had a hard time believing that it really was Mr. Verloc who died, so I was looking for an ‘out’ from that point on. Mostly, this is because Mr. Verloc was developed so much as a character, that I found it hard to believe that development would just be dropped. On the other hand, the fact that the narrative jumped away from the character of Mr. Verloc so completely, for such a long time, was a bit disconcerting – it at least made me question my belief that we would return to him. So, in effect, this device was quite good at keeping me off balance, and in suspense.
I’ve been out of town, and missed the discussion day – but I’d love to hear from anyone else out there who read this book! (And I’d love to know what the next book will be)
Don’t worry Kate, we will announce June’s title tomorrow!
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