As their paths collide, each questions the origin and legitimacy of the threat. Before the deadline arrives, their actions leave them teetering on a catastrophic cliff. Will peace and understanding prevail, or will the menacing danger lurking in the shadows reveal itself?
When the request came through for this novella, one of the first things I noticed is that it's a novella from a first-time author. Novellas tend to be tricky even for experienced authors. I thought the chances of a newbie author successfully pulling it off were slim at best. Still, the blurb was well written and the premise sounded interesting. I decided it was worth a shot and overall, I’m glad I did.
This story grabbed me right from the start with a diverse set of interesting characters, solid writing and an intriguing plot. The author also handled the tricky task of jumping between points of view from chapter to chapter very effectively. Each chapter provided additional insight into both the character and the tension-filled storyline.
Even though it was an overall solid effort, especially for a first-time author, I still think he left a little meat on the bones with this story. The characters were so intriguing with such compelling stories, they were almost begging to reveal more about each of their backgrounds and motivations.
I also think the timeline could have been easily fleshed out and expanded a bit more. It felt like there was an entire smorgasbord of delightful and tasty possibilities but we only got a tiny little bite of each dish and missed out on many others. I’d love to see the author expand this into a full-length novel. Until then, I'd encourage readers to enjoy this very tasty appetizer.
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