My "criticism " for what it's worth wasn't really criticism as much as I felt that Laurne's parents changed from in the first instance I thought her family was posh.. (violin lessons, her middle class style / Laurens approach to buying fancy magazines etc but when we finally met her parents, they are in a grotty car and cooing over Wetherspoons , she was a bit ashamed of them.
that was my only bit that didn't "flow"
I loved the bruising and the relationship with dumpy - the locked room ... Those parts gave me the reflective perspective that where I had been going in my head with "sinisterness " was exactly that "in my head" and anyone else could have taken a different construct. That was what made me read so quickly I really wanted to get to the bottom of it.
I had hoped that my review would help, using the word criticism instead of confusing was purposeful. I felt that anyone reading it would be made curious and decide to read it for themselves.
On the issue of animals for research "The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?'" Jeremy Bentham