The setting was very interesting to me because of its historical significance. Events occur in the midst of America's reaction to Japanese aggression in World War 2. Even though there is a climate of fear, especially for Japanese-Americans, the characters are mostly involved in the logistics of the social and political ramifications so the build up wasn't especially suspenseful for me. But the author made up for it with the action, which once it eventually surfaced was fast paced.
The thing I liked most about this novel was the werewolf lore. This story went back to the idea that being a werewolf is a curse, not a thrill. The cursed souls are tormented and confused by what little they remember of what they've done. I also really liked the concept behind the demonic origin of the curse and how the accursed are inevitably dangerous to those closest to them. This idea of being most harmful to the ones you love has been eclipsed behind the beauty and the beast style werewolf stories in pop culture. But the old folktales surrounding the werewolf have never been romantic. This novel stays true to the fear of the predator that remains so intimately hidden that it's already too close to lock out.