After the first few slow chapters this book kept me reading, which is saying something as I generally have a low boredom threshold. However there were several things I struggled with. The style, on occasion, feels very pedantic. One whole chapter is taken up with the heroine sunbathing, showering after sunbathing, and then putting on sun cream. Minute and unimportant details are given in a laundry list format, and it almost kept me from reading more. Once the heroine left Sicily, however, the pace picked up and I became more interested, but overall the character development was minimal. We hear about how Sara bonds with six year old Jamie but we don't see it. We're simply told, two-thirds of the way into the book, that they've been spending a lot of time together and get along really well. Most of Jamie's portrayal in the book makes him seem really annoying, not adorable. As for the main male character, Alexander--I appreciate he is meant to have an aura of mystery, like Max de Winter in Rebecca, but I don't really believe in the relationship between him and Sara. And does Sara grow, mature, develop? Not really. I think we're meant to believe she's going insane and at one point I thought the book was going to have a super twist at the end ****SPOILER, of sorts**** and SHE would end up being the villain. Alas, that didn't happen. All in all, it kept me occupied and broke my reading dry spell, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend.