>>359574051>the missing girls hook
I think that was the biggest deflation of tension for me.
Their sudden disappearance was great, and the core of the paranoia was being filtered through the idea of potentially being framed for murder and not knowing who you could trust. But if they weren't dead I think they should have saved the reveal for the epilogue or something.
Just casually telling Henry that they had been found before the mystery had even been solved suddenly lowered all of the stakes and abruptly ended the idea of being in the forest with a potential killer.