I really enjoyed it, but I can’t say it’s a fun read. I’ve only read one review (before I started the book – I just couldn’t resist) and it called the ending “bleak” and, well, it really, really is. In fact, the whole book is pretty damn bleak, but also extremely readable.
The characterisation is excellent and though the writing can be a bit cliched at times (a river ‘like a silver ribbon’ made me wince a bit), it had me gripped. But if you’re going to read it, heed my warning: as you approach the end of the book, get yourself a glass of something strong. Or a cup of very sweet tea. You’ll need it.