This was the most depressing book that I have read in a very long. I've read several other books by this author and they have been a somewhat more enjoyable read. The female characters' personality traits were frustrating me so greatly that I skipped over most of the text. None were very adept at communicating or willing to share their feelings.. Too much "I am sorry" for my taste. Nor did they "see the light" until they had all but self-destroyed. The retelling of the same events was more than I could handle. Oh, and the detailed clinical descriptions of the injuries of one of the characters was more than the average person needs to learn.