Also submitted to USA and DE sites. I found this book so good that I simply had to post to boost the star rating. I find the one and two star ratings very undeserved.
As many reviews have written - not easy to get into. Slow start, and sometimes confusing. Getting the voices straight, figuring who's talking and about whom and when is challenging. At least for the first 50 or so pages. Then it starts to fall into place. It's making sense. You know Beth, you know Arthur. And you don't really care about Derek. Now you're hooked. What happened to Beth and Arthur, why aren't they together, what's going to happen to them???? There is something in their past. What ? Will they come together again ? It's written as a puzzle, and isn't life a puzzle ? I almost gave up, but obviously persevered. It's written so well, the prose is beautiful, the plot is intriquing and the main characters are believable and likeable. I needed to find out what happened in the past and what the future would hold. The reward was in the conclusion. One star deducted because I was pushing it to continue past the first few dozen pages.