In my story a large plot point comes from a huge lie coming to light. This one event triggers everyone to step back and reassess a lot that has been going on around them. This reveals more lies, and a lot of people begin to mistrust each other, remain on guard, and 'act out', as once ironclad rules and trust is shaken and shown to be foolish. I leave a few things vague during this time and have no plan to answer some questions I am sure will arise due to the 'reveal'. My hope is to develop a sense of mistrust in the reader, leading them to question what characters say from here on out. An example from my story is a minor leader realizing that if he can lie so casually to their followers, what is keeping his superiors from lying to him? For the rest of the story he wonders about everything his superiors tell him, and it affects all his decisions and interactions. We never discover if the superiors are lying about anything, but the fear is there. I can see this being tricky to pull off correctly, and would like some thoughts on this concept. Have you every pulled this off in a story, or does it backfire and create a convoluted mess the reader has to slog through?