I never tried so hard to read a book, but after many attemps over two months I just couldn't get into the story or care about the character - or keep all those off-the-wall names straight. Made it about page 100. I normally love this author, so it may be I'm just not in the mood for this story. And so many of my reading buddies did love it, so I tried. Maybe someday I'll try again when I can look at it with fresh eyes. But for now, DNF.