Haunting... if I were only allowed to use one word to describe this novel, that would be it. Aspects of this book has stayed with me long after I finished reading it. The prose is quite unique (outstanding personification - even better than The Book Thief) and it's clearly a very well researched book. That said, it doesn't overwhelm one or get bogged down with unnecessarily lengthy details. The descriptions of the settings, characters and emotions/thoughts are all riveting... I didn't skim over anything. I recommend this to everyone. This is one of those rare novels that I will return to re-read in its entirety (I already re-read some of the more powerful passages and the final chapter immediately upon finishing!).