There is no point in going over the storyline as this has been done by so many reviewers. The pace is fast, the characters though largely damaged are very thoroughly developed and thus credible as is the neighbour problem between Lillian and Kaj, though one would never guess what is to unfold. Descriptions are well-worked both of location and characters, plot and sub-plots crafted carefully. The author has an amazing imagination which she is able to convey to the reader. Mention should be made and credit given to the translator, Steven Murray. So much depends on the translator's empathy and Murray is obviously a master of his game. Erica's early problems with motherhood are essayed with feeling and it is fascinating to see her relationship with Hedstrom develop. The thread of her sister's life is picked up and travels through the story. My only reservation is for the title. Whilst I understand it as a choice I'm not sure it is the most fitting but it doesn't grieve me so much that I would subtract a star for it. I already have the next book in the series. Brilliant, compelling, gripping.