I appreciated the author's writing skills. Interesting vocabulary was used and descriptions of even the most mundane things, like manicures, was entertaining. I liked how the development of the character, Eleanor, unfolded as the story progressed.
This is a well-written and interesting book. But is the unfolding of the plot realistic? Could someone with all of Eleanor's terrible childhood abuses, someone who hasn't come out of her shell for many years, be so completely cured by good friends and a few months of therapy? It's almost like this is the way we would want it to happen, rather than the way it would be likely to happen. Seen as a mystery, it is good--the truth comes out shocker by shocker right until the end. But the assumption of the book is too ideal to believe.