So who would ‘fess up and admit they read the last page of a book first to see what is going to happen. I can put my hand over my heart and say it is not something I do — mind you, my Mum used to. I am pleased it’s not one of my habits as I have just finished a very good book and “peaking” would have spoiled the ending.
Sara Donati’s The Endless Forest, is the sixth novel in her ‘Into the Wilderness’ historical series. Usually an author will leave you hanging at the end of the story, deliberately withholding one small vital piece of information that you need to complete the story. Much like finishing a jigsaw and finding one piece missing.
But not so this time. Instead of the usual three page epilogue, Donati wrapped up 16 years into 10 pages. You see Paradise, (you’ll understand the significance if you have read the series) finally got a printing press in late 1827 and Elizabeth became the editor. So the epilogue was a selection of newspaper articles and notices that mentioned someone in the Bonner family. Not the usual way one would end a book but it was very effective and very clever.