I'm not sure what it is about Vande Velde's writing, but when I pick up her books I get lost in whatever world she has created. Her writing style is usually simple but effective and the voice of her narrator (usually the main character, like in this case) is convincing and compelling. Like with most of the books I've read by her, I read this one cover to cover without pause. It's a quick read, in part because its short but also because the mystery is curious and the plot is engaging. In some ways I wish it were longer, but then I also recognize that she is master of not making the story last longer than its interesting, like many authors end up doing for the sake of a profitable series or just more pages as the case maybe. This is now one of my favorites by her.