Joe with an E - the ending
Yesterday there was some discussion, based on my draft synopsis, about whether my book had enough of an ending for a debut novel, or whether it ended on too much of a cliffhanger. I am intending it to be the first part of a trilogy and the agent I spoke to in my Jericho Festival one-to-one did say that I should mention that in any submission.
I believe that my ending provides an appropriate level of resolution - Joe makes it to France and in my epilogue, it is clear that help will hopefully be on its way to his friends back on the island. But there are inevitably some loose ends - not least what will happen to his two closest friends and travelling companions, Nats and Cain. But even there, there is hope.
Anyway, I would really value your opinions, so I am putting myself under the knife once again, attaching my final two chapters and epilogue (only 3000 words in total).
Accepting that apart from this, at most you've only seen my first three chapters and my synopsis, could you give me your opinions on whether this ending has enough resolution for a debut novel which is intended to be the first in a trilogy?
Two other brief comments: (1) you might notice that my final chapter (not counting the epilogue) begins and ends with the same words as my very first chapter, when Joe first arrives at the island. (2) My epilogue is an epilogue and not a final chapter because it uses new voices. The British Assembly in France has not been mentioned until this point, so Stokes is a 'new character'. I've not written anything from Nats' POV until this point, but she will be my MC in book 2. Sergeant Stephenson is a known character, but nothing has been written from their POV, until now. Similarly, Eva and Charlie are known characters from the island.
Thank you once again.