After struggling a bit with the first book, (I found it somewhat unfocused and drawn out - especially for such a short installment), this second volume of the series really kicks things into gear.
The book is a page-turner with cliff-hanger endings and compelling characters. I quickly connected with the secondary characters as they were introduced, especially Odetta/Detta. King really brings her damaged selves to life. As usual, there is plenty of tying loose strings together with some too-neat coincidences - but it's done so well that I really didn't mind all that much.
The main characters all get a breather at the end - but not me. I'm starting the third book now.