Top critical review
Not that bad, just not that great.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 5, 2022
Most people seem to either love this book or hate it. I'm somewhere in the middle. There's basically a good story here, but the writing does leave something to be desired, as others have pointed out. Danger: plot holes ahead as well. It's one of those books that can be described as a 'roller coaster ride,' but in my opinion, the ride starts too soon. I would like to have seen the suspense build for a few more pages before all the excitement begins. You have the usual suspense-thriller twists and turns, but to me it gets a little far fetched with about one twist too many. I would love to see a re-write of this book by a better writer. One can only imagine what an author like Nelson DeMille or Dennis Lehane could have done with this plot. Still, if you want a literary roller coaster for a day at the beach, you could do a lot worse. On the positive side, the child is given a likable personality and a little bit of wit, once you get to know her. None of the characters are given much chance to develop, but remember, we're not talking about a Steinbeck novel here. Stephen King once described his own books as being like Big Macs in that people often say they prefer something more "serious," but like a fast food burger, once it's put in front of you, one can't help but gulp it down. So if you like a better than average Stephen King-like thriller, this book is not that bad, and is actually better than anything I've read by King in a couple of eons.