I really liked this book. Though it was a bit tough to get into at first, Bohjalian does a good job at letting you get to know the characters. I felt very betrayed and annoyed to learn that Uri dies but his sister lives. Quite unfair. I felt the epilogue could have used a little work to expand it as well. But overall, Bohjalian has created excellent characters that are relate-able and a story that makes sense. The use of historical events, while fictionalized, works well into this story. As a historian I would have preferred a little more fact but overall, Bohjalian does a good job using historical events.