The character motives and complexity are something that George R. R. Martin would dream up. No single character tags along with the plans of another unless there is a clear connection to their own goals.
The moment when you don’t know what is going to happen in a story is always one of my favorite and Erin Rhew delivers such, several times over.
Erin creates a mood in a scene like few authors can, taking an image or feeling and weaving it through the setting, and language of the PoV character. It’s in the way they move, think, and talk. Rare and wonderful.
What to watch for
There is a debate in writing not about show vs. tell specifically, but how to handle it when dealing with the PoV character. Most adults know their own emotions, I know when I’m angry, or tired, or sad … so why don’t characters? This is the debate. Some authors and readers believe you should continue to only show even when dealing with the PoV characters. Others believe and find it annoying when the PoV characters emotions aren’t stated clearly.
Erin Rhew falls clearly in the second camp. Her characters know their own emotions and label them.