First of all, I love the cover. Second, I wanted to read this book as I am a big fan of the ballet. It was a tough read and very emotional watching Sparrow go through the plot. When we get to the main event we are put into suspense about the final outcome and it was killing me. The book was a very good portrayal of abuse and what victims go through. Get out the kleenex. It has been days since I finished and I still can't stop thinking about it. Sitting from the outside I just kept yelling at Sparrow and her choices and telling her to speak up. I guess this is typical of real life. It is easier for those on the outside to have clarity. As this was a debut novel, it will be interesting to see what the author does next as this will be hard to surpass.