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A Literary Thriller from a Master Storyteller,
This review is from: Spiritland (Paperback)
Renek's accomplished a rare feat in creating a suspenseful page-turner that's drenched with gorgeous descriptions and beautifully evocative language. That combination not only makes for great reading, but also skillfully underscores an important tension: On the one hand, Maddy Foster, the novel's heroine, floats through an idyllic, almost dream-like setting. On the other, she's constantly skirting the edge of a vaguely sinister darkness. There's quite an interesting ensemble cast here - each character realistically crafted and just as realistically unpredictable, and Renek's masterfully captured the unique seductions of traveling through exotic and yes, slightly dangerous locales. Spiritland's an exciting journey and you're likely, like Maddy, to throw yourself indulgently into this adventure, only to find that things turn out in a way you never expected.