I started out liking this book, but was blindsided by the horrific ending. I try to avoid that kind of thing, but it seems that these days, your book just won't be taken seriously unless you throw in some rape, child abuse, incest, or molestation to make it about things that are Important. It's kind of like how mid-century coming-of-age books had to include growing-up-via-death-of-animal. Wish I'd never read this book. I'll never get the images from the last scenes out of my head.