I don't know where to start. I loved so much about this book. The characters really come to life under the author's deft hand, none of them are two-dimensional they all have myriad motivations, flaws and strengths which is one of the reasons I love this series.
There are a couple of really well examined themes in this book; love and its meaning for each character, as well as the concept of safety. What it means to be safe touched each of the characters in slightly different ways, and they were all handled beautifully. (view spoiler)[The reveal of Søren's past was not at all what I saw coming. I had assumed that his father was abusive from past hints in both this book and The Siren, but I didn't ever make the Elizabeth connection. I find Søren to be one of the more intriguing characters of the series, by turns a sympathetic priest and the hard edged sadist, this background just made the empathy he shows as a priest seem even more poignant. If I wasn't already firmly in the Nora\Søren camp before reading this book, I was very definitely there after finishing the book.
Which brings me neatly to the ending. How on earth am I going to wait until the next book is out! I honestly don't know what I'm hoping will happen, but I think I am hoping that there will be some resolution of the triangle. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, it was a fabulously written book and I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>