This book was a great surprise. The cover art, descriptions and title indicate it will be a dark, tough read - No. It was fascinating. I read it the same weekend I read Grisham's The Painted House and this book was far superior with far less (if any) publicity. It is an excellent story that moves right along and provides a totally unexpected ending. What a shame this paperback is out of print. No doubt because only 5 authors in America get any attention from the media. This author deserves better. Get it used if you possibly can. Very enjoyable.