Kill off an MC or not?
There’s this CIA undercover operative. He’s on a mission and in the beginning of the book, he meets a woman. Over the course of the story the relationship deepens until he falls in love with her and she with him. She knows what he does and she’s helping him complete his mission.
Now comes the question. I thought of having her killed before they can marry so he has a vengeance quest for the sequel.
Someone else says, doing this will lose readers because it’s a bad idea to get all the readers waiting for the happy ending and then ruin their expectations with a tragedy
I know readers like a ‘happy’ ending. I’m worried that any sequel where he meets another woman and tries to start a relationship (he’s a James Bond type) will make readers hate him.
In this new world, I feel if Ian Fleming tried to get James Bond Novels published now, he’d probably be CANCELLED. You can’t even make a joke now without offending some snowflake.
Should I kill her or not?