I enjoyed this book. It was well written and it kept me engaged, mostly because of the suspense and mystery aspect. Falter is talented with description, there are scenes that i could literally picture in my head with such detail. Scenes that i know i would recognize immediately if the book were made into a movie. Trademark scenes like Maggie talking to the old man on the porch or the snake scene. I love it when books give you such a clear visualization of what's going on. Maggie is an interesting character. I love that throughout the whole book, she never came off as the damsel in distress. It was nice to get away from the quirky, awkward girl personality and meet someone who was confident and independent. I imagined her to be the complete opposite of soft spoken. Eran was also interesting in his own right. *Spoiler: I wish he hadn't disappeared for such a long period of time* I felt that was kind of unnecessary and there was never really a clear reason as to why he did it. The book left me wondering about him. I feel like I don't know him as well as i do Maggie but hopefully the second book will clear that up for me. Her makeshift family is wonderful. They are truly characters and i hope there will be more of them in the 2nd installment as well. The book is very fast paced. Being only 15 chapters long, it's relatively short in my opinion. It comes off as a bit rushed at times but maybe that's just me. All in all, definitely worth the read, very interesting story, and i look forward to reading the other 2 books in the series.