I have never read anything from William Coles before, but after finishing this one, I think that maybe one day I will find myself reading another one. Not in the nearest future, though.
My favorite aspect of this book is the pacing, which may be weird to say, but in my experience, pacing issues can kill a story, especially one of this length. I felt the book started in the right place, and the author did an amazing job of setting the entire tone with a strong opening scene. As the story progressed, there was a perfect balance of events happening in real-time mixed with a backstory that didn’t feel info dumpy.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to connect with these characters in such a short amount of time, so again, kudos to the author. By the end, I was on the edge of my seat as more aspects of this interesting arrangement were revealed. The amount of pure drama packed into 300 pages had me shook. This is short literature done right, people! McDowell is one of those books where I set out to read a chapter or two to get a feel for it, and the next thing I knew, I had finished reading because it was that good.