by C.L. Phillips
After a summer of voracious reading, one question is keeping me awake at night.
"Does a mystery lie at the heart of every novel?"
Or just the novels that I've read and loved? Whether it is a fantasy novel like Christian Cantrell's Containment, or Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, or Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, they all have a mystery locked inside the science fiction, fantasy, or young adult wrapper.
Isn't it the mystery that keeps the reader turning the page? Does mystery cut across all genres? And if it does, why do we limit ourselves to the narrow definition of mysteries, and the sub-genres of cozy, crime fiction, thriller, suspense, and all the others?
Help....what does a mystery mean to you?