The Escape

With your one chance to leave a horrid place

Suspense

The author uses suspense by creating questions with unknown answers so the reader wonders why everything is happening. For instance when the author said, "Seven years ago, he had committed a crime. It was a crime so terrible that even he could not believe that he had done it." It didn't come out and say what he had done that was so terrible so it adds to the suspense. Also having this lets the reader have imagination and sort of fill in the blanks to the story to make it their own as well.

Suspense

When the author first mentioned the rock with the crack it started getting the reader to wonder if it were an escape and where it would lead to. "In those few seconds of light, Boris saw something that made his heart leap. One of the stones in the wall looked different. There was a thin crack in the cement around it." This makes you wonder many things like if he is brave enough to do it and take a chance that may not end out the way he wants it to.

Suspense

Suspense

Near the end when he is describing how he can see he is so close then realizes it was too good to be true and he is stuck there with no way out, and in a worse situation than before. "Could see the pale rays of the moon. He was almost there. He could smell the night air. Boris struggled toward the patch of moonlight ahead of him...Then he opened his eyes. In front of him, the moon shone through the bars of a heavy gate. Still pressed up against it were the cold, white bones ... of a skeleton. There was no escape. There was no going back. This was it. Just Boris ... and the rats." It took an unexpected turn and built the suspense up to end it a different way. I thought this part was amazing and what makes a good story, it's not a fairy tale where magically everything is okay but faces true reality and karma of actions. Raising hope in the reader just to crush it also added suspense to it.