“This is not one of my favorites of her books. The first time I read it, it really disappointed me, but the second time around, it grew on me a bit. And it really isn’t a terrible book, though it feels a bit more incomplete than her books usually do. Mostly because the ending is quite open. . . two major parts of the plot were not really definitively concluded, with some rather alarming lingering thoughts after the pages run out. I don’t mind books leaving you unsettled, but since justice is (like always) such a theme in Picoult’s books, this is particularly frustrating.
It is definitelyl an emotional book, especially in its dealings with alcoholism. Again, Picoult weaves in a Native American theme. The prison sequences are a little stupid and very cliched and also go rather unresolved, as characters are introduced and left hanging as the book ends. All in all, this isn't her finest work, nor is it her worst, but it’s close. ”