That’s what’s frustrating about this author and most frustrating about this book. It has the makings to be one of her best thus far, but she completely ruins it in the second half. If she just kept to the storyline she started with, built upon it and closed the book out with its resolution, all would end well enough. But, she doesn’t do that. The characters were never going to hold the story up, they are too IRR assembly line, too pat. Every other IRR novel you can find prototypes like this, but the story she built around them at the start would have withstood the cracks. Why she chose to pen the second half of her novel around the soap opera histrionics of these flat characters, I have no idea.