I bought this book on the basis of the good reviews it received but decided to abandon it at the '20% read' stage. Having now looked back at the reviews again I wish I had checked some of them more thoroughly and then I would probably have realised that this book is far too sadistic for my liking. I think I might have enjoyed the tale and the writing style but I just can't get past the descriptions of the torture. I love a good thriller and, usually, violence per se doesn't put me off, but I - like others - don't feel that the level of descriptive detail used for the ritual torture scenes is warranted. This isn't an author I will read again as I value a good night's sleep! Having said all that I still give the book three stars because aside from the goriness I was quite enjoying it.