In my novel, there is a sequence where a young girl gets killed. I'm not some odd individual who writes about this stuff, it's just meant to have a large impact on a specific character and the plot to the story. It's a somewhat gruesome scene, and I've toned it down as much as I could without taking the shock factor out of it completely, and thats where I wondered if anyone would continue reading after reading a scene like this. I myself don't put down my book when a child dies, gruesome or not. As long as it fits the tone of the story, and I see it as necessary - as in it's not excessive or anything. But I also know others, including my grandpa, who will put down a book. He won't even read Stephen King novels anymore cause of a specific scene in Pet Sematary (if you have read it, you know what I mean). So what are you thoughts on the death of a child in a novel? Would you put down the book? Continue reading?