As I began this story I was not sure I wanted to read it. I have read The Lovely Bones and other dark books before but I was not sure where Penny was going to take me with this story line. Penny does a wonderful job connecting Sonya’s past and present, slowly revealing the possible reasons for her need to keep this young boy. I found myself needing to know what was driving Sonya and wanting to hate her and just throw the book at the wall but Penny just keeps giving you enough information to keep you needing to read on. She kept me glued to the story chapter after chapter. I usually take my time with books because I like to enjoy them but this book was hard to put down. I read it in 3 sittings and only because I had to go to bed each night.
If you do not like unsettling real life type stories then this is not a book you should read, but if getting into the mind of people who do very bazaar things is, then I recommend this book for you. Another good book I have received through the Library Things Early Reviewers program.