Well, this was the book that reached that elusive “taking over my life” point and earned a full 5 stars. All my spare time went toward reading this book, and I stayed up past my bedtime a couple of nights because I couldn’t put it down.
One of the things I had really enjoyed in the previous books was their “twistiness” as I tried to unravel who was responsible for what. This book actually felt much less twisty to me. There were definitely things that happened that I didn’t expect (and one that I absolutely hated!) but I never really felt the need to speculate or make predictions while reading because I felt like it was pretty clear what was what. Instead, I raced through the book always anxiously wanting to know what would happen next. I guess I’d say this book had less mystery and more thriller in it as compared to previous books in the series. I also thought it was far more emotionally exhausting than the previous books.
There really isn’t any more I can say that doesn’t encroach upon spoiler territory, so the rest of my comments are in spoiler tags. Please keep your mouse far, far away from the Spoiler link if you haven’t read the series.