I read this having enjoyed Miss Smilla. This book is less accessible and, frankly, less enjoyable although it too demonstrates the author's talent for creating a lingering atmosphere of inner tension. The central theme of time, its place in the psyche and its use as a control mechanism in the children's institution described in the book is a fascinating one. The title "Borderliners" (applied to the children in the institution) might just as well be applied to the institution's staff, who also teeter at the brink of the world of the socially acceptable. It causes us to reflect upon the sometimes corrupting influence that institutional life can have on its staff, and the fact that undeniably shocking outcomes have ensued from the actions of those who have come to accept that they (or the system within which they work) must necessarily be acting in others' best interests. Most readers will have experienced some kind of institutional setting even if only as children at a regular school, and will therefore probably find that the book evokes many memories and calls into question many aspects of institutional life that are taken for granted, even in the "nice" places. For those with deeper experience, the book may well be a more disturbing read altogether. Unfortunately, what the book lacks is the "riveting read" factor. It's not bad, but the underlying plot for me was not quite strong enough to hold together the more philosophical musings of the book in a way which retained my attention throughout. Nonetheless as an "ideas" book, it is well worth a read. A word of warning: it isn't particularly cheerful reading as you will have gathered from the descriptions of the plot in other reviews - so don't save it for a day when you're looking forward to a cosy read on the sofa!