This was a good book with a compelling plot, but as a whole, it failed to draw me in and hold my attention as it should have. The characters were interesting, but I didn’t identify with or feel anything for any of them. The writing was good, at times beautiful, but was overly ornate, detracting from the story and slowing the pacing. I never felt suspense or an overwhelming need to find out what happens. The timeline skipped around and was at times hard to follow.
I don’t believe that there was anything necessarily wrong with this book – I just failed to connect with it. I enjoy elegant prose and I enjoy intense suspense and thrillers, but mixing the two together is a delicate balance that is hard to pull off. The end verdict is that it’s not for me, but it may be for you. Four stars.