After serious thought, I just don't like this book. Haha. I'm a sucker for the film references throughout (Vertigo and the Lady Vanishes, both mentioned in the story, are in my top ten favorite films), but the book suffers from the comparison. The best of the suspense noir thrillers are more than just a series of twists and psychological difficulties, they try to reveal something about a more universal human experience around the motivations and judgements of crimes, and our inability to perceive truth. Although there is some reflection on loss and psychological trauma, in the end the book is far more interested in keeping you guessing about what's really happening than it is with the effect on the various characters, and for all the discussion that seemingly takes place, it doesn't seem to care much about the psychological state of anyone, really. Perhaps it comes down to my general lack of interest in thrillers, but what matters is I will not be recommending this book in the future, to anyone.