White takes the reader out of their comfort zone and pushes the boundaries in this novel driving the reader to cringe and gasp at the details of the heinous acts that sick minds are able to put into play. The gore and shock are neither unnecessary chrome plating nor page fillers and at no time do they diminish the storyline. Unpredictable, well-thought out and woven into a fine fabric of suspense describes this effort and it is what I have come to expect from a Randy Wayne White tome. In Ten Thousand Islands he delivers yet another powerful reading experience worthy of your time.
What I like most is White doesn’t artificially protect his cast of characters; instead he opts to make them work to maintain their lives and their sanity. The villains take many forms and catch you off guard no matter how well you know this writer. Through it all White manages to work in just enough about the Florida ecosystem to make it educational and just enough Tomlinson to keep your karmic energy charged. If you have not yet tried a Randy Wayne White novel this is a good place to start.