I was chatting the other day with a book clubber about The DaVinci Code. I found it interesting that they described it as fast-paced.
On one hand it kind of is, because the entire story takes place in a short timeframe and the characters are on the move a lot. On the other hand, though, it’s a big book for the small number of things that happen.
Most of the book is actually straight “tell”.
The exposition is broken up by flipping POV to Silas and the priest, where we get more exposition, but it’s interesting detail and it hints at all being relevant to the mystery. That also helps give a sense of busyness, as you shift off the small amount of activity the main characters are engaged in, to the activities of other characters.