Here are some questions, concerning a storyline device, that I would like different opinions on please. Is it amateurish and perfunctory to deliberately mislead the reader, by concluding a novel with a twist ending? To employ wrestling jargon, is it permissible to purposely 'swerve' the reader, without leaving them disappointed and vexed at your ending? Do you see 'twist' endings, as the author flailing about, not knowing how to finish the story and has resorted to deception, up to that point by coming straight out of left field with their conclusion? How do you handle creating a fulfilling end, that both pleases the reader and you, the author? No one wants their reader to put down their book and think 'what a waste of time that was'. I think it's much more difficult to convey a shock twist in a novel than on television and film. More often than not, major plot twists come off as hokey and lackadaisical storytelling. What can you do to avoid these pitfalls?