The Expanse Between by the Lee L. Krecklow got us thinking about mood. There is the mood of the books we read, in this case, dread, and fear, and a lingering sense of disappointment and defeat that washes across the pages. But The Expanse Between is surprisingly thrilling as well, which is not to say we are surprised that we are thrilled to have read it, but that it is a thriller at all. We didn't know that was coming. Or that we would find ourselves so caught up in the trap that was being set for us all along. We were caught up, however, and there is a real thrill in that too. That we also found ourselves full of sadness as we plowed through the last third of the book though is something else. Because that is about mood as well. Now whether we projected some kind of sadness onto the characters in the book or absorbed their suffering and confusion is hard to parse. We assume there is always some kind of push-pull between the reader and those we are reading about, and that a story such as this, which is comprised of damaged parents, violence, the frustration of work that doesn't work, and desperate artists yearning for inspiration can't help but pull us in. It may be that there is a feeling of disappointment and defeat washing over us as well in recent months, okay, let's be clear, there has been, and that the book tapped into it. There is something else though, any of this, all of it, speaks to make what books good, even great. They pull us in, we feel things, the characters hurt, and we hurt, but we can't look away, we need to know what happens next, and then after that. The Expanse Between is such a book, and it is sure to change your life.