This fictionalized story based on real facts gave me a peek into the culture of Pakistan. Overall, I found the book easy to read and it captured and held my attention. I really appreciated the maps and family tree at the beginning of the book. As I struggled with unfamiliar names and the jumping from time to time, it helped me stay focused on the story. I did wish for a small glossary of vocabulary so I didn't have to stop to look things up or just make a best guess and go on. I appreciated the tones of this book as it dealt with very sensitive issues. Although it does describe the various honor killings, they were handled respectfully and without unnecessary detail that would turn it lurid. Ms. St. Joan's depiction of the American journalist and her interaction with the community is noteworthy and, I suspect, very accurate. The reader's ability to think and come to healthy conclusions was also respected. It is truly unfortunate that the current political climate will keep me from visiting this vibrant country. I hope peace is restored between us all in my lifetime.