I have started writing this story that has been brewing in my mind for the past few months. The problem is that it has paranormal/fantasy elements that will come into play later in the novel after a particular character's death. My concern is that I will need several pages to establish the bond between the readers and said character for her death to be meaningful and I'm scared that by the time I achieve that goal it might be too late to drive the narrative in a completely new direction. The first part of the novel is about the life of my protagonist and will focus on the relationships he has with his friends while the second part will be a quest for redemption complete with fiends coming from the depths of Hell itself. Do I risk misleading my readers into believing this is a romance novel and then be shocked when the story starts to gravitate towards fantasy and paranormal? Maybe I should use foreshadowing and subtle elements earlier in the story the set the tone.