"When I was writing my first thriller," says Guy Walters, "my editor was insistent that I tied up all the loose ends in the final chapter. To do so, she argued, would bring the type of ending that was satisfying for the reader. At the time, I baulked – and I still do – because I do not think it necessarily the job of writers to bring satisfaction. But her point was fair. People do want closure, and they want it badly."
If you read the rest of that article you'll see that the context in which the above point is made is the disappearance of flight MH370, but taking that paragraph in isolation, I wondered what your views were: are you a reader who likes the loose ends tied up at the close of a book? Always assuming there is not a sequel in the offing, do you typically crave that sense of 'satisfaction' which the editor felt the novel should engender? I can see why the writer might hold a different view, but I, for one, do like a neat finish with all ends woven in.
(On a related note, see this piece on 'true ends' and happy endings.)