Top critical review
Interesting story, ok book
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
The positives: there's an interesting plot here, with decent characters loaded with motivation and conflicts. The anticipation builds in waves and at times you want to flip the pages to find out what happens next. The setting is rich and vibrant.
The negatives: the characters are a bit of a cliche. You know exactly what will happen with them because it happens with every character like them in every other story. And oh my gawd...how many times can an author use the word "like" and "seemed?" Each character goes to great lengths to explain what every other character is thinking of feeling in case the reader isn't bright enough to interpret the obvious signs. And the description is so over done you end up skimming so you don't have to read about each palm frond, broken window and packet of sweetener they are opening. The author could edit out about 40% of the words and still have a decent book.
Overall though I read and finished the book. I would have liked something a little scarier at the end, even something more detailed given how the author loves detail. But it was the one place he skimped on the detail.