A short novel; an unusual, painful, at times horrible, story, perhaps not surprising given child neglect is at its heart. Fine writes simply, but skilfully and elegantly. The story builds up as she weaves in the transformations and multiple deceits played out by the main character, Lois, with the spiteful actions of Janie-Gay - the ex-partner of Lois' dead son.
Why I didn't like it more is because Lois is not a very nice person, and being inside her head (the book is written from the first person perspective) wasn't always a comfortable place to be! Also the ending happens rather suddenly, as if tacked on, although one could have guessed the outcome before then.
However, it's worth reading, as the themes of drug misuse, child neglect and how the system does or doesn't deal with these are very real today.