This is typical A.M.Homes for me - it defies easy description. Initially a story of teenage angst and family disfunction, it is written in her cynical and often hilarious punchy style. Very entertaining all the way through, it is very readable, a real page-turner, but it evolves in the way it grips the reader as it develops; one becomes protective of the protagonist and finds oneself more and more affected by the possible eventual outcome. So there is an inevitable tension that builds up and it becomes more than just the entertaining romp one thought it was going to be. Her style is as concise and original as ever - I think this is another work of greatness from a marvellous author.