Olsen's ability to set the stage, build multi-dimensional characters, and create suspense is nothing short of brilliant. His diverse experience with people through his true crime writing obviously comes into play, as he has an exceptional understanding of the twisted mind. I felt like I actually knew these characters; like they were the best and worst of those people I've crossed paths with throughout life.
The twists and turn in Closer than Blood made it nearly impossible to put down; the ending took me by complete surprise. I had such a great time reading it that I was almost sad when it ended. Can't wait for more!