I have planned out my (German language) novel and its 16 chapters in considerable detail (for my standards). But as for the sequence of presenting those of the chapters that are contemporaneous, I sometimes feel uncertain.
One of my subplots revolves around a group of people who explore caves and are overwhelmed by traps therein.
My original plan was to describe the observations of the explorers (in chapter 4), dropping sparse clues, from which the reader might figure out the traps (better than the protagonists).
Then (in chapter 5) I planned to use an engineer in training to clearly reveal the function of these traps.
But now that I have spoken to a couple of my friends about my novel, I got the impression that a couple of them greatly enjoy being far ahead of the protagonist information-wise. So I am considering to place the engineer chapter ahead of the explorer chapter, thereby reversing their respective order.
Should the reader know the solution of the protagonist‘s problems ahead of time? Since there will not be a single answer, what are the pros and cons of each option, or the questions that you ask yourselves, in order to decide?
Do you have examples of novels that you love using one approach or the other?
It might be relevant that my novel (allthough hard to categorise) has elements of historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.