Beware: this book grips you from the start and then drags you mercilessly through every emotion you have, and then some you didn't even know you had. I genuinely found myself holding my breath at times, as the suspense built, and the chance of putting the book down between chapters was zero.
West's characters unfold gradually as the plot develops and twists, some you find yourself identifying with and rooting for, while others make your skin crawl. Their inner strengths and weaknesses gradually come to the fore as their roles in the spiralling of events become entrenched, and their individual actions and choices impact on each other and on the ultimate fate of the people caught up with them.
This is by no means a comfortable read. It is stark, frightening, tense and disturbing. And yet also West finds the good, the positive, and the refreshing within his characters, and the ending will have you clenching your fists and yelling. Whether this is in relief or horror or a very clever mixture of the two you will have to find out for yourself.
Buy this book now. Quick, before this guy gets discovered.