I really enjoyed the story, it was so complete and encapsulated upon itself, it was difficult to tease out a lesson from it. Therefore, I am going to steal from Delaney’s On Writing, which has a section addressing suspense, surprise, drama, and violence. Chip advocates that violence makes the reader shut down, and that suspense, surprise, and drama are better forms for the novel. This book may very well be proof: you never see Lone die, or Janie abused, the twins beaten, but the suspense is flavorful and memorable. It works.