i read this book on holiday, and ended up sitting in the shade so I could see the screen on my reader! as I love the sun, you can see how it gripped me. Ms. Bell has a unique style of writing, and it took me a couple of pages to 'get into it', but once there, I was hooked.
Her characters sprung off the page, and were believable, and yes, every one of them I though "oh you're just like...."
As in any book, there's a few niggles ( as the reviewer below I'm not too happy about the channelling of spirits—be cautious—) but over all, I say go read