Plot/Idea: Boyle's plot is propulsive and engaging, just what a mystery ought to be. There are many elements at play here—the Vietnam War, discrimination against Indigenous people, the nuclear plant's impending dump, a father-daughter relationship, and a romance—but because it is well paced, these elements never seem overwhelming or disjointed.
Prose: The prose is smooth and feels realistic, and Boyle's descriptive text is simple in a pleasing way.
Originality: This hits all the hallmarks in mystery/thriller novels, and, though similar stories have been done throughout the genre, it's immensely satisfying. Good tension, intriguing mystery, and interesting character development make this a solid novel.
Character/Execution: Boyle introduces a striking cast of characters. Readers will root for James and Molly's blossoming connection as father and daughter, and characters like Kay and Wayne are equally easy to connect with. Supporting cast members Gloria, the Codys family, and Dale provide additional intrigue.
Date Submitted: August 14, 2023