Originally Posted by Luiglin
I've never been one for murder mysteries (I cheat and skip through the book). I do like shocks though, finding the sudden reveal of a plot twist that hadn't even been hinted at as far more satisfying. I've tried to work this into my current tale.
A sudden plot twist that hasn't been hinted at is incredibly poor writing, and in danger of delving into deus ex machina territory.
A good twist has to be foreshadowed. The key is to foreshadow it in such a way that the reader doesn't realise it's foreshadowing until after the reveal.