Some books are literally a real page tuner; you just race ahead in your reading eager to find out what's happening next. When you're so engrossed in a story and perhaps worried for the perils that lie ahead for your favorite characters, have you ever cheated and flicked ahead to find out what's happening?
Have you ever cheated and skipped straight to the end
Many times. I did it with Captain Corelli's Mandolin, as I wanted to get the unpleasant parts over with. I have never tried to read the gap. Sorry, Val, who lent it to me saying it was the best book she had ever read. Don't think I could stomach the movie.
Honestly I don't think I've ever skipped to the end to see what happens. I have skipped chapters though. I missed out several chapters of American Psycho (if you have read it you can probably guess which) and in retrospect I kind of wish I'd just skipped the entire book. It's well written but I really did not need some of that stuff in my brain.
I would never do that; it just ruins the story. At the same time, reading the last page or so doesn't always help, but can just lead to confusion as you have missed a big chunk of the plot. If you do skip to the end to find out what happens, you end up being impatient with the rest of the book when you go back to the page you were on. I find that with spoilers.
No, never. If it's a well-written book I want to devour every single word in the proper order. If it's not a well-written book, I give the author the benefit of the doubt, e.g. it may get better, but in both cases I wait until the end to find out. This is not heredity because my daughter always reads the end first!