Holding back information

Question: This is a rather specific question. I had an idea in my story for one of my characters to fake his own death to escape from danger. However the main protagonist does not know of this so he assumes that the death real. Is it possible to portray this without it seeming like something abrupt and unexplained?

Answer: I assume you want the discovery of the deception to not appear too abrupt?

If so, you might consider planting some clues earlier in the story - perhaps some unexplained facts that might raise some questions concerning the character's death. They can be subtle, so only a very astute reader will guess what actually happened. But that way, when the truth is revealed it will make sense of the clues and the reader will see that the deception was part of the story all along.

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