This book is like riding on a rickety bicycle without brakes down a very very steep hill. It's short, fast-paced, gripping and scary. You really are not sure where you're going to end up. It is short (just around 200 pages) so you could read it in a sitting or two. The description of the idyllic wheat-growing farmlands of Italy is beautiful and the effect of the simple style that the author employs is unbelievably chilling. This book will bring back childhood memories like your first kiss, your first betrayal, bullying etc. It certainly lead me to a long walk down memory lane but unfortunately (as expected), very few of the memories invoked were pleasant ones. It's just like that ride on the rickety old brake-less bicycle. You could end up with a triumphant skid, or in a thorny bush or even in the windscreen of a truck. It's one of those books, so don't expect a soft landing.