This represented an intriguing read which is full of useful anecdotes and reminders of what it was like to be faced with sniper fire during the four year siege of this famous and celebrated city of culture, Sarajevo. The focal point of the plot is taken from the angle of three central characters which had to endure the trauma of civil war and the loss of any normality and humanity in their beloved city. The key characters are dragan, Kennan and arrow. Arrow (the sniper code-name and female) is chosen to protect the cellist from sniper fire at all costs and act therefore as a counter-sniper, thus protecting her own sense of culture and humanity in the midst of chaos. However, Kennan and dragan are different. Through their mundane experiences, such as collecting water at the other end of the city, a parallel sub-plot emerges where Galloway can comment on the trauma, uncertainty, tragedy and slaughter people had to endure in order to complete basic tasks. Both Kennan and Dragan question the meaning of their existence and the fragility of their lives as the loss of friends, via the snipers, becomes ritualised and normalised. You truly experience how hard it was for people in Yugoslavia to maintain any sense of shock when ritualised murder of innocents was so common in the 1990s. The plot thickens at the end when Galloway hangs this sense of wonder and curiosity in the plot around the cellist and arrow. The question of whether the cellist will survive from the onslaught of the snipers and be protected by arrow becomes the integral theme. An interesting read. However, a key criticism of the novel was the fact that characters are not fully developed and the ending is rather flat when you consider the build up of tension prior to the finale.