The Best Thriller Novels Embrace Diversity

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A good story is always told with more than one perspective, even if only one person is involved. To add drama, the tale is recounted from more than one point of view, whether animate or inanimate. Take the story “Castaway.” One man is stranded on an island, but we are told the story not only through his eyes, but indirectly through a soccer ball that he calls “Wilson.”

Diversity is defined as a range of different things. Using diversity in writing a thriller novel
implies the use of a flexible plot that has room for several characters, a change of setting, and sometimes a dual theme. In Agatha Christie’s novel “And Then There Were None,” there are ten major characters and one killer. Each character has a different back story and a different personality. The diversity in this novel helps to create the suspense. As the reader turns the pages, one character after another drops out of the story until upon nearing the end all appearances give the idea that no one will be left alive. But the most intriguing question of all is “Who is the murderer?” Diversity makes “And Then There Were None” one of the best thriller novels ever written.

In “A Moving Screen” the story is told from several viewpoints by a colorful array of characters. Each has input and their input is given from their unique perspective. As each character enters the story, the suspense builds and their actions propel the story forward. The very first character that the reader will meet Is the murderer, Michael. A strong insight into Michael’s psyche is given and the reader knows that this will not be his only kill. As the story continues the reader comes into contact with other characters that shed light on Michael’s skill in committing the perfect murder over and over without being caught.

When a decision is made to write a thriller it is a good practice to expand the idea behind the story. Allow the imagination to reach its pinnacle. Ask questions. Where does this story take place and is it possible for the location to change? Who are the characters in this story? Should each one of them have input in recounting the events that take place? Do I want the reader to be comfortable as he or she reads or do I want to create apprehension? How can I make the reader apprehensive? Is there a way to twist the story so that the unexpected occurs?

The way to diversity is illuminated by answering these questions. Writing the thriller is not an easy task. However, the use of more than one perspective makes it easier. Ask any author who has written a novel that made the list of best thriller novels.


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