I was a bit ambivalent about this book. On the one hand, it's a great story with an original narrative. On the other, it was sometimes hard to follow and there were a few instances where I found the events/behaviours of people a little difficult to believe. I've read several books describing captivity, but I believe this is the only one that was fictional. I think the author mostly did a good job of portraying the minute psychological effects - of both mother and child - of long-term imprisonment. I think a parent reading this book may have a different and or stronger reaction to the subject matter than I did. As a story, it was interesting, engaging and unique.