Smith is clever. She is observant, she says things you thought about but never fully formulated into words. She creates amazing characters, but this time, I feel I could have waited for the paperback.. The lives of the 4 people living in North West London that intertwine and separate and paint the metropolis she is so good at conjuring, are not all interesting or equally well done. I enjoyed following two of the four characters and was almost tempted to flip through the other two. No more spoilers, but while this is still clever articulate Smith, worth reading for the bursts of brilliance that come more frequently in the first half of the book (before the plot itself falls into lazy sleaziness), On Beauty and White Teeth are definitely much better in terms of tightness, construction and plot.