SALT: a review

No. Not the movie.

Never actually sat down to watch it.
Never actually sat down to watch it.

Or the white stuff on the table.

Throw it over your shoulder!
Throw it over your shoulder!

Getting warmer though.


Before I begin, those of you who have been around this blog for a while, know my review policy. For those of you who don’t, or who haven’t been around long enough, the short and sweet is; I will never give a book or movie five stars. It defeats the purpose of a review. How annoying is it to go into Amazon and see a five star review consisting of OH MY GOD THIS THING IS AWESOME (insert your own choice of spelling here). Conversely, one star reviews amount to the same thing. So, my rating system ranges from 1.5 to 4.5 with 4.5 being the highest I will ever give something.

And now you know.

If you don't know the reference you fail at life.
If you don’t know the reference you fail at life.

Now, to the book!

See what I did there with the pictures?
See what I did there with the pictures?

From Amazon:

In 2014 humanity didn’t stand a chance.
A series of fatal climatic disasters struck, entirely drowning the planet. Now, just one hundred and twenty-five souls remain, surviving on a flotilla of damaged ships. But their survival isn’t guaranteed. Facing severe threats to their numbers by a fatal bacterium and increasingly warring factions, they discover a serial killer within their midst.

When the murderer targets Eva Morgan’s friend, her investigations draw her into a deadly mystery and a race against time before the killer’s actions destroy the fragile existence on the flotilla. The further she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the truth becomes a pawn in a game for ultimate survival.

With humankind on the brink of extinction, the story of SALT will take you on a thrill ride of intense emotions and incredible revelations.



I’m not usually one for thrillers for one reason: you can only tell a story so many times before you’ve told them all. I can’t find myself getting excited about so called ‘thrillers’ much anymore.

The Navy girl in me was ridiculously happy with this book.

SALT was a nice reminder that thrillers can be good. Colin Barnes can write a book.  He can seriously write a book.

I flipped through quickly, engaged and active with the plot.

The only bummer came with not being as close to the characters  as I would have liked.

All the slots are filled: Eva, the hard-as-nails detective with an eye for detail and a soft squishy centre, Marcus Graves the kingpin, Jim who captains the flotilla, and Susan. Susan is the resident crazy.  As well as these characters are written, Susan and Graves feel like they’re there for conflict purposes. Eva catches you from paragraph one, and Jim is sympathetic, but I would have liked a bit more world building to feel more grounded with these characters, more ready to accept their plight. There is supposed to be an emotional journey with Jim and Eva, but without a solid character foundation to build on, the journey falls a little bit short of its intention.

Despite this, SALT holds the reader’s attention with the ‘well shit, what the hell?’ factor. I stayed up late. I turned the page. I frowned, and I demanded answers. I wanted to find out who the serial killer was and the answer paid off.

If this book is, indeed, part of a series, I’ll be waiting in line for the next one.

You can buy the book today on Amazon and anywhere fine stories are sold.