And then I get the new version of the synopsis. I get reading it immediately and the first half was great, BUT THEN..... here comes the Hydra again. This time that monster was uglier and really taking over. What happened!!
Sure enough, the author was writing with blinders on. We had fixed the issues in the middle that would have taken care of the problems, but because she saw the ending involving certain plot elements, everything she did would lead to that mess. She couldn't see the solution on her own.
For this author, she would often go to other critique partners and work out the issues, but this time, she was doing it on her own. There is nothing wrong with that, but the outside help had to be there to potentially talk her through it.
After I sorted out the mess, that sort of looked like.