Even in a mystery that would (probably) never happen to a regular person in real life, the story still has to be real enough to make it possible for readers to relate and care.
Denise Weeks accomplishes this right from the get go in Nice Work. What caught my eye first was that her main character had recently been diagnosed with diabetes. Now, shock value would usually demand terminal cancer, or something equally astounding. Weeks chose a disease that millions of people worldwide have to deal with instead. So why not start with something familiar and then throw in a fantastic adventure and mystery to shake things up?
The balance between the surreal and everyday is managed very well in this book. It leaves plenty of room for readers to put themselves in the characters' shoes as well as lose themselves in a crazy adventure.
Nice Work is available now from Amazon in paperback and Kindle.