This book is comprised on two separate entities: pre-trial Madeline and post-trial Madeline and while there is a gradual build in the first half, the leap for the second is a bit jarring. The characters and their interactions have taken a dramatic turn, and new elements added bring a tone of the thriller/suspense novel. At this point, all Hell breaks loose and chaos and vengeance rains down. This can't end well and let's just say that everyone dies and as the reader you're really not upset about it.I have rated this book for sheer entertainment value, not realism or even good taste. Let me put it this way, if it were made into a movie Quentin Tarantino would be in charge.