This book was an intense read. I found myself horrified and intensely interested all at the same time. And what a tragedy! Suzuma paints a beautiful and heartbreaking picture of this family. I couldn't help thinking at the end that it was really all the mother's fault. I finished it yesterday on a plane and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. It is a rare book that really stays with you. The only other book in recent memory that has so affected me was Feed by M.T. Anderson, but for totally different reasons. If you can get past the horror of the taboo and read the book and appreciate the characters for who and what they are it is a very good book.