I wouldn’t agree with the reviews and describe it as gripping but there is a certain mystery to the book that encourages you to read on. The book is well written, easy to read and the story flows smoothly but I found none of the characters truly sympathetic and wasn’t sad to say goodbye to any of them. However the end was a surprise and in retrospect made the whole story seem more poignant. A good read but not life affirming. It left me more or less untouched.