Review of “The Sinking of the Angie Piper” by Chris Riley

The Sinking of the Angie Piper by Chris Riley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is still yet to be published, but I received an Advance Review Copy from the author. I enjoyed the beginning of this book and learning about Alaska and the culture of crab fishing. It was also exciting to meet the characters and get involved in the unique challenge each one was facing by stepping on board the Angie Piper. The characters’ personalities played well off one another. When the going got tough though, and the Angie Piper was en route to sinking (that’s not a spoiler, it’s actually part of the title), the gritty edge of the story wore off for me and what should have been suspenseful and climactic felt almost like an ordinary series of events. The words were there describing a life threatening situation, but the tone of the book and emotions of the characters didn’t match the feel of one. At the end of the book, I also felt like the main character’s internal conflict didn’t get resolved for the reader. There was something he always regretted in his past, which at the end we still didn’t get to see him resolve though he had the opportunity. The book is well written for sure, but the reveal of the book’s main event in its title gets in the way of the story somewhat.

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