The pace of this novel is very slow and I feel that the author has stretched the content boringly too long. I feel that the author has just tried to have as many pages as possible without some really interesting content. The novel may/could be more satisfying if there were just half as many pages.
All long, Justin Suskind has been suspected to be the guy who was responsible for Hester Landon's accident, assaulted Abra Walsh and killed Kirby Duncan. From the thoughts of Suskind earlier (even when it was not clear that it was Suskind at the beginning), the author has hinted that it's a different person who had killed Lindsay Landon. The little suspense left for the readers was the whereabout of the Esmeralda's Dowry and the identity of the killer of Lindsay Landon.
Apparently, from this particular reading experience, it's not so much fun to be gradually told about the truth. Rather, just like in many Japanese deductive/detective novels, the disclosure of the secrets only happening at the end of the novel would seem to make the novel much more appealing and provide more satisfactory feeling when one finishes the novel.
The romantic portion of the novel doesn't move me at all. It just seems convenient for Eli Landon and Abra to be together. When the marriage proposal scene happened at the end, I was hoping that I would be touched but I was not ! The feeling was as bad as the author trying to stretch her content to fill 484 pages.
On page 111, the end of the 2nd line seems to have missed a close quotation mark "....Continua