I hate cliffhangers. There, I said it. I don’t mean cliffhangers in the middle of a story, of course — those are great. I mean a cliffhanger ending to a novel — it’s a cheat, a crutch, a convenient device. Inherent in every novel there’s a silent contract between writer and reader, included in which is a proper ending! What should drive readers to want to read the next book is compelling characters and great writing, not — I repeat — a cliffhanger ending.