I hatched an idea a few days ago and it is a dystopian setting. You know, dictators, failing countries, catastrophes....The usual. My character—let's call him Meineke(like the alcohol)—Meineke is going through a series of adventures to quench his vendetta against a group of men who killed a young boy—let's call him Lionel. Meineke finds an accomplice who he exudes information to, bit by bit, about the life of Lionel and why he is so concerned about having Lionel's murderers face justice. Near the end it is revealed that Meineke is Lionel. My concern is that the reader will be able to see it coming. That's the last thing I want. Meineke's falsified story is that he met Lionel months before Lionel's caretaker was murdered. He acted as a surrogate brother(older brother) and, seeing as both were going through some very tough times, they were attached at the hip. They shared everything and could rely on each other. Things I've done to conceal his identity: 1) The falsified story(which is much more detailed than what you see above). 2) Meineke never discloses information that only Lionel would know. 3) He visits a grave quite often that exhibits the name and dates of Lionel. (It's obviously not him in the grave. There's a story behind it.) 4) He sticks to his story fabrications, even when pressured. There's a scene to where Meineke loses his temper and screams "Lionel was there for me when no one else was!" 5) He has a false story of where he came from, dates, locations, and even siblings. I'm still not satisfied with it. I think the reader will be able to figure out that Meineke is Lionel, and maybe it's because this kind of surprise is common(or is it? I haven't read a story yet with the twist, but I know they're out there.) What's something more I can do to make the reader look elsewhere and not suspect that Meineke is Lionel—However! Without making the AH-HA! moment look like I pulled it out of my butt that very second? Oh, and don't worry, this information isn't dropped like bombs. If it was just unloaded randomly, the reader would be quick to see it as a red-herring. Thank you for your help!