Brilliant!!! I can’t believe this book won no awards. It is meticulously written and it doesn’t take long before you are pulled deep inside the pages and into the plot and characters. INvested in them. Breathing with them. Holding you breath with them. There were times when I couldn’t read this book after dark, it was too vivid. But I couldn’t put it down. The description was so real you could hear it, feel it, smell it. Her style is staccato, but it works. Like an old black and white movie; terse, to the point, clear, crisp. Colour isn’t needed. Old fashioned story telling where magic happens. I don’t want to give away any part of the plot…which is so engaging and complete. So all I”ll say is….read it. You won’t be disappointed. Bravo Ms. Mariaffi.