The main characters of this novel are broken people with a great will to survive and find some happiness yet in their lives. It is an amazing testament to the human spirit. The descriptions of torture were haunting and stop just short of completely graphic leaving the reader to fill in and be quietly horrified. Although the book was very compelling, I did wish that a few of the side characters had either been more fully developed or edited way down. I just didn't get enough of the boyfriend's back story to understand or care about him. I felt the same way about the parents. I wanted to know more. I could see this being made into an indie movie. Very relevant.