This story begins with the huge hook of a house on fire. That caught my interest! From there, the author drops the smoking house and delves into the past of more people than you can shake a stick at. So many, in such intricate detail that I eventually got bored. I wanted to know who started the fire. I think the quality of the writing and characterization is superb. My chief complaint is that there is too much back story on too many people. The reveal comes at the very end of the novel and by then my interest had waned. There are numerous themes about parenting amid several others. Again, too many distractions.
I heard a movie version of this novel is in the works. I can’t even imagine how all of what is written will be compressed on the big screen. After a spectacular beginning, the end of the story fizzled out like a sparkler doused in water. I am sorry I cannot recommend this novel after going into it with high hopes. I welcome my followers feedback!