I had a mammouth session at the local novelist group on Wednesday and the question of plot structure came up in relation to a crime incident that occured twenty-six years ago when the male character was ten. In the draft, the central character accepts the official version of events, but his sister is suspicious and launches her own investigation that never really gets off the ground. The problem with this is it made the sister appear unreasonable and the brother slightly stupid. So, I’ve reversed the roles and it is now the brother who starts digging around in the past, bringing danger into his life. I’ve also revised the back story plot, making it more menacing and disturbing. An added bonus – the brother has no recollection of the original crime or how he escaped.