I normally don't like doing book reviews, so it won't be too often that I do a true "book review." But do you see that book over there to the right? The one called "The Falls" by Joyce Carol Oats? Well, yuck...it was awful. Reading it was treading through mud. It was nearly 500 pages and the ENTIRE time I kept thinking "where is this going? Surely it's going to pick up and get better." But it never did. I'm a little surprised it wasn't an Oprah Book Club pick. It has everything that an Oprah book has...dysfunctional family, murder, death, a story line that is really in no way believable (in other words as you're reading it you're saying "yeah, right, like that much bad stuff would really happen to one person/family"). I didn't like any of the characters and mostly I just wanted to take them all by the shoulder and shake the marbles out of them and say "QUIT WHINING, GROW UP AND BE A HUMAN!"
So, my advice, don't waste your time. If you have and you liked it, I'm sorry...different strokes for different folks. Hopefully the next book I read will be better.