`This is the first Marcia Muller book I have read, ......it will not be the last. This book was gripping from the outset. Muller has seemingly endless empathy for her character -PI Sharon Mahone, who spends her working life revealing the secrets of other people's lives. She writes in away that draws you in, holds you tight thru twists and turns of the plot, like a verbal and emotional rollercoster, you don't want to end.It was so good I had to take a day of work as i could not put it down, for almost 2 days it was as if i had an extra limb!. The charactersare so well described that you feel you know them, their emotions laid bare by the authors pen. Old famiy secrets come out of the closet, despite a web of personal agendas trying to prevent their escape. 'Listen to the silence' was the best advice sharon had when seeking the true, often it's what people stop short of saying that gives the greatest clue, I believe anyone reading this book would find it impossible to say it was ,dull,boring poorly written or not enjoyable!! so come on spoil youslf .. get the book, and prepare to be entertained.