Title: The Escape Artist
Author: Brad Meltzer
About the book: A standalone novel that’s out today, March 6th. I received an arc from Hachette.
First impressions: Because I haven’t read anything by Meltzer before, I had no idea what to expect. So I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the beginning. The author sets up the story without taking too long to get right into the action. Things got more exciting as the narrative progressed.
Characters: I’m a fan of the racial diversity. I love how the main characters, Zig and Nola, are polar opposites. Even better, I liked them both. They resonated with me, especially Nola. The characters are well developed to begin with. Still, they develop even more as the plot thickens.
“There are many kinds of death…But there are also many ways to live.”
Writing: I like the author’s style. The chapters are short and suspenseful. They tend to end on a cliffhanger, which made me want to keep reading to see what would happen next. The description as well as the dialogue work well together. Nothing felt cliché or trite.
The book switches between multiple points of view. It also alternates between the past and the present.
I found the references to Houdini interesting to say the least. At first I didn’t know why magic mattered, but Meltzer eventually explains things.
Final thoughts: I’m happy with the ending. The conclusion ties up loose ends and answers remaining questions. Overall, it’s a fun, fast-paced read.
I highly recommend The Escape Artist, especially if you’re fond of suspenseful thrillers.