This is basically a two-part question, and the first part is more closely related to character development, but the second question is even more important so I'll just post this here anyway. Older members probably know by now @T.Trian and I write together, but I’m saying this up front anyway so newer members won’t think I have two personalities whenever I use “we” instead of “I.” 1) I know this is first and foremost a matter of how it’s executed, and I’m quite confident we are doing it in a reasonably realistic way, but how would you, in general, react to a female character who falsely accuses a male character of physically abusing her so as to control him? Is there potential for this to be an immediate turn-off to a big portion of readers because it can be perceived as something that questions the credibility of real abuse cases? Which would be a pity because firstly, these things happen, rare as they are, and secondly, there are portrayals of actual abuse as well, this being an isolated case within the story. 2) Now, about the plot. Which one do you think would be better or even the correct way to do it as per the Big Book of Plotting: Is it better that the reader knows right from the start the abuse didn’t happen, so the tension comes from finding out how the conflict is resolved? Or would it be better to leave the reader in the dark about the truth as well so they wouldn’t know either who’s lying until the third crucial character in this mess learns the truth (a woman the man has a budding relationship with)? To reveal or not to reveal? Thanks in advance!