I'm not gonna lie, this book took me a while to get in to. The slow pace of it was one problem, but the other thing I had a hard time with was all the southernisms. I'm not from the south; I lived there for a total of about two years, but wasn't born and raised, so most of what was written was either irritating or went right over my head. However, once I got about 200+ pages in, the pace picked up and I was able to better ignore those little quirks that bugged me so much before. A couple things I really liked was the fact that this was told not only in first person, but from a male perspective. It was interesting (and neccessary) to see it through Ethan's eyes and his alone. I also liked the blossoming relationship between Lena and Ethan. This book definitely keeps you guessing till the end, but that was another problem I had with the book. Pages 200-500 kept me interested and reading, but when it came to the end of the book, it seemed almost like the authors said, "Welp, better finish this baby cause it's getting long. Let's just quickly tie up the last 500 pages and call it a day." I was actually on the last page and turned the page, thinking there'd be more - that was how jolting the end was to me. If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would. But since I can't, I'm rounding down.