The author is a great storyteller and I whizzed through this book in a couple of days. Like his well known books before, it focuses on family and relationships. Each chapter feels quite separate and a lot of time is spent building up the different characters. At times I was having to remind myself who was who and I may have struggled to keep up with the different characters and how they were related if I hadn't read it over a matter of days. For me the book wasn't as good as his previous novels (I remember having a bit lump in my throat when I finished 'A thousand splendid Suns', and that remains one of my favourite books today). It is still very enjoyable and definitely worth a read if you have read and enjoyed his previous books.