I was eager to read this book - the Amazon reviews were highly rated and I had had a few recommendations. The prologue sucked me in immediately, but I was also immediately off-sided by the first person narrative in the present tense. However, I was immediately drawn in; the main character was likeable from the start. I liked Sara Gruen's writing style - without being overly graphic she manages to describe gestures and actions simply, but accurately. Her portrayal of the main character as an old man is brilliant - his view of his situation and those who care for him at 90 (or 93) is priceless. There is no doubt that Sara has researched her subject extensively and as a result her story holds credibility. It flows along nicely - it has a start, a middle and an end - a satisfactory end, to boot. So it ticked a lot of boxes. What didn't I like about it? As mentioned, the present tense narrative just wasn't my cup of tea and for some reason, I couldn't remember all the characters - when the lesser ones cropped up, I would ask myself - who was he/she again ? I was slightly distressed by the method of demise of a couple of characters whom you grow to like - it didn't seem necessary to the plot and I was very distressed by the animal cruelty, however close to the facts from Sara's research it may have been. A page turner, most definitely, but whilst I would recommend the book, that recommendation would come with caveats.