This book is well written for the most part, although I agree that some of the transitions were a bit confusing and awkward. But I totally get it. Transitions are among the most challenging aspects of writing this kind of story.
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I also agree with those that suggest the story could have been better edited. It's not terrible, by any means, but there are definitely some missing words and other errors here and there.
Lastly, and this is probably just me, but even though I like fiction, I like it to be as fact based as possible. And since alligators play such a major role in this story line I have to point out that from everything I've read and heard, alligators avoid people at almost any cost and are not the least bit interested in eating us. They are known to attack when they feel threatened, but an unprovoked attack would be uncommon to say the least. And again, as far as the eating humans issue goes, I heard one alligator expert at a preserve in Florida describe it this way, "If you put your hand out to a Nile crocodile it would bite it and may eat it. If you put your hand out to an American alligator it may bite it, but if it bit it off into it's mouth, it would most likely spit it out."