I actually really liked this book. (I‘ve read some scathing reviews.) It was hard for me to put down. Sure, it‘s not like anything else I‘ve ever read by Allende but I don‘t expect authors to turn out the same style every book. Some of the characters are terribly flawed - I‘d even describe the lead character as bratty. But that made her more real for me. I thought this was great popcorn murder mystery. First book of the year logged!