I'm afraid this read more like a case study written by a psychologist than a novel. The characters just never came to life for me. The dialogue throughout the book felt forced and unbelievable. The plot seemed to be there, and I was intrigued by it and wanted to like it, but it just never took off for me. There were quite a few proofreading errors as well, which as a former proofreader I probably pick up on more than others, but it really just frosts me. I was also turned off by the political references. I think the subject matter could be handled in a more compassionate way without mentioning politicians. I read to escape from all that. I appreciate the opportunity to be a first reader for this book, but sorry it didn't work for me.