Oct. 5, 2020 - "This is the third book from Joan that I have read. One of her common themes is to stage her characters and stories in places that she makes real to the reader. I was recently in Vancouver and she captured the nuance and complexity of the native language in the Northwest wonderfully well. Being given geography and history lessons from this part of her books is a bonus - I really like them. She makes them come alive!
She develops a degree of suspense and tension in her books - the lead up/lead in to the suspense and tension sneaks up on you as she continues to develop her characters and this was especially so with Reilly. When I become one of the "on the sideline viewers", I know that she has a good story going - I am right there with her characters.
If there is a part of her writing that could be improved it is the dialogue of some of the situations with some of her characters. She uses the same language the "bad" guys use, and even some good people, but there is some development here that could add to what is already a very good read.
Some twists and turns and, quite honestly, I didn't know where her characters were taking her. She must have been relieved to know that they led her and us to a good and satisfying ending. Well done, Joan - well done!! Waiting for your next one. There will be one, will there not?"