I can't say I really enjoyed this book. It's well written which is why I am compelled to give it two stars rather than one but ice water runs through the veins of most of the characters. There wasn't a compassionate act or altruistic moment to be found anywhere. Granted it was supposed to be a tragedy—and it certainly was tragic—but more from the standpoint that I found myself unable to empathize with anyone in the story. The people just used and manipulated each other. Even the main character, Mildred’s supposed ‘love’ for her daughter, Veda, was more about self gratification than actual love. It was a sad commentary on American society, marriage, family life, business and relationships in general. Ick!