The Measure of Ella by Toni Bird Jones

The Measure of EllaThe Measure of Ella by Toni Bird Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A gripping suspense-thriller...

The Measure of Ella by Toni Bird Jones is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this gripping suspense-thriller that will guarantee the attention of the reader. A skilfully constructed seafaring adventure, this book will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘Seafaring chef Ella Morgan is an honest woman—until her life falls apart. When her dream of owning a restaurant is shattered by her father’s death and the loss of her inheritance, she is suddenly alone in the world. Desperate for money, she risks a one-time chance to crew on a drug run with a trusted captain, only to find herself fighting for her life in a violent underworld… Set in the Caribbean, The Measure of Ella is a dramatic story of love, murder, high-seas action, and the consequences of pursuing a dream at all costs. Like The Girl on the Train, it unwinds with gripping suspense from a woman’s point of view. With its brave, strong, complex female protagonist at the helm of a high seas adventure, The Measure of Ella is entirely unique..’

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the story in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well written suspenseful thriller with perfect pacing. Highly recommended.

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