I disagree with some other reviews I’ve heard about this book in that I didn’t think there were too many characters. The style of writing was unusual in that is jumped about from one character’s POV to another’s, but I didn’t have any trouble keeping track of who was who or what was going on, in fact I quite liked this way of doing things. I actually really enjoyed the first 90% of the book. The mystery built and was revealed at a good pace and the writing was well edited, no unnecessary drivelling detail etc. The only downside for me is that I was a bit disappointed by the lack of surprising plot twists. (There is a weak twist in the last few pages but it doesn’t actually have any impact on the story and it left me cold). To be fair, it would have been difficult for PH to come up with a twist as good as that in TGOTT without it seeming contrived, but what can I say, I’m a demanding reader! Nevertheless, it was an engaging read overall, with interesting, well developed characters and it dealt well with some sensitive issues. 3.5 stars.