A very well written crime thriller, with a twisting clever storyline which keeps the reader guessing. The use of language is very rich and evocative, and the lengthy climax builds and builds to a crescendo of finger-tightening tension. The social satire of the back-biting, gossiping, cold-shouldering, and narrow mindedness of a small town is also very well executed.
There are two reasons I am only giving it 4 stars - one is the large number of characters who are introduced in quick succession at the start of the book without too much explanation of how they all fit in, making for a bit of a confusing beginning to the novel; the other reason, I am afraid to say, is the poor editing, which is quite disappointing to see in the work of an author this good - I found at least 2 dozen mistakes, one of which is in the first paragraph. Don't let this put you off though - a thoroughly riveting read.