I spent large chunks of this book (mostly in the last third or so) wanting to slap the narrator, then remembering all the reasons he is the way he is, and having sympathy for him while still wanting to slap him. At some point I realized that my frustration with him was a sign of how deeply I was immersed in this novel. In fact, I was consumed by this book, and have the next two in the series on hold at the library. The characters were well drawn, the story is fascinating, the plot is well paced. ***SPOILER ALERT*******One of the mysteries in the book never gets solved, and while this was hard to accept, I think it was a better choice than putting a bow around and it and gifting it to the reader. More realistic. The whole book tore me up, but I loved it.