Gasp. I know. There are no rules, only things the author does or doesn’t make work, right?
So I’ve been unhappy with the opening of DG3 for quite a while now. I couldn’t find the balance between the reader saying “OMG, what’s going on, I HAVE to know!” and the reader saying “Who are these people and why the hell should I care they’re sneaking around some guy’s house?”.
Last night a prologue popped into my head. As a rule I don’t care for prologues, but I couldn’t resist writing it. And I love it.
What’s the problem?
The prologue is actually part of the scene leading up to the climax, which makes pretty much all of Act 2 a flashback. Chapter One would have a subheading of Three weeks earlier (or some such thing—timelines make my hair hurt). That’s so…iffy.
I’m sure Devlin Group readers won’t be surprised to know Gallagher’s not coloring within the lines.