I finished this one in a day, not because I couldn't put it down, but because I wanted to get it over with and move on to something else. This looked like a good book, and it does have some good qualities, but the negatives outweigh the positives here. Parker and the other characters are two-dimensional at best--for example, all we know about some of the characters, like Serene and Pete, are their problems and/or sins. Meanwhile, characters like Parker and Gibson have a bit more depth, but not much, and oftentimes, they aren't that likeable. Terri tends to spend way too much time telling her readers about events instead of showing them, and so her descriptions and dialogue fall flat. She does inject a bit of good suspense with Marta, but as with Marta's brain, it doesn't seem to be "all there." Finally, Terri often seems to be exploring the dark side of humanity without much of a lantern for a good deal of the book, which wouldn't be so bad if everything else wasn't so flat. Sorry, Terri...better luck on the next book.