2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer

I thoroughly enjoyed The Tourist and dove right into this second-in-series to see what on earth Milo Weaver would find himself embroiled in this time. The Tourists are in trouble, Milo’s been in jail, people are dead… It had all the hallmarks of a throat-clencher – and it did open that way. Then in the middle the focus of the story started to shift between a woman we (eventually) discover is a semi-disgraced German intelligence agent and Milo, and that’s when things started to waver a bit for me.

Ultimately, the shift made sense and offered a depth to the story that I enjoyed – but only after the personalities were all explained and the overlaps made clear, and that took a little time. In the last quarter things fell back into the rhythm I’d come to expect from The Tourist, but I must confess I found the plot lagging a bit in that middle section…

Still, on the whole it was another solid four-star read – my unsolicited advice to other readers is to not let yourself get distracted when things seem a bit random, and trust in Steinhauer to bring it all together!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my review copy.

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