The good writing and excellent narration of this book portends a great deal more satisfaction than it delivers. Almost to a person the characters are..Show More » duplicitous, self-serving and deeply flawed. The central character — a rather Justine-like innocent (for those familiar with the Marquis de Sade) — is so self-depreciating that one becomes inured to her travails. I kept looking for some resolution, some justice or some internal morality right up to the non-climax. The book had its moments, strung together in a promising narrative that never delivers. I am not tempted to continue the series of which this is the first book. A wasted credit.