Thrillers have never been at the top of my TBR list in the past but I’ve tried a few lately and have been impressed enough to start sprinkling in a few here and there. This one in particular was a solid effort. Not a home run but a double for sure and depending on your taste it may even be a triple.
My favorite part of the book is how nicely the author handled multiple aspects of the writing. The pacing was steady but not so fast that I felt like I was missing important details. The characters were developed just enough to give me a feel for their motivations without having to endure too much tedious backstory deep diving. (No spoilers but I especially liked some of the surprising twists with one of the villains toward the end.) The plot had enough twists and turns to keep the tension level high but never stretched the boundaries of believability past the breaking point.
Because it’s me, you just knew I’d have a few nitpicks though:
I should also mention that Squall is a fairly short read at just 178 pages which makes the relatively intricate plot and economic storytelling all the more impressive in my book. In all honesty, I had this book rated as a 3.5 in my head when I started writing this review but the more I thought about all the positives and the exceptionally well done cover—always a huge plus for the designer in me—I decided to bump it up to a solid 4. And I feel pretty good about it too. If you’re looking for a quick but tense read with interesting characters, you should give this one a look.
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