I really, really liked this book. It was a quick read, and part of that is probably due to the fact that I had a hard time putting it down because it was so compelling. There are several characters in the book, but it focuses on Annie, who is trying to get over a devastating break-up when she learns her estranged brother has been arrested for murder. I couldn't wait to see how everything would come together in the end. And interestingly enough, it was the ending which kept me from giving it 5 stars. Coming right on the heels of my review for Charlotte Bronte's Villette, I'm going to sound like a crazy person. I like happy endings. However, the ending to this particular story was just too over the top. I think I would have preferred if Ms. Reed had just hinted at happier times to come, or perhaps given us a glimpse of the life empty life Owen created for himself.