This book's first two sentence had me riveted: "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." Thus starts the unraveling of a seemingly happy, educated, achievement-oriented family. As I got deeper and deeper into the book, I saw more and more that love can unwittingly become a form of abuse. The parents in this story will do anything to make sure their children, especially their daughter Lydia, escape the pitfalls they, themselves, encountered in life. The result is a family in a downward spiral that is painful, and ultimately tragic. The writing is a sheer joy, even when the words are almost unbearable to read. And, while the reader knows Lydia's fate with the first sentence, and her family knows it very soon thereafter, the reader doesn't find out the circumstances until almost the end of the book. This is one that will stay with you for a long time.