Don't expect a thriller. While Yoel, the protagonist, was a secret service agent, and while he struggles to remember key events from his past that haunt him, this is not a book about secret agents. There is no huge climax. No car chases.
Instead, this is a story of a man recovering from trauma, learning to relate to people, learning to love his daughter, learning to live without his wife. He wanders through his days in a fog, focusing on tiny details of the world, while not responding to the largest figures in his life. It is a story of a sad man who doesn't even know he is sad.
The textures of the book are amazing, giving the reader a perfect sense of the confusion and separation that is Yoel's life. The story builds nicely, and provides some suspense, but the main focus here is the window into the mind of a lost man.