Probably more like 3.5 stars, but not quite four.
I have to admire the author's courage in choosing to have a protagonist such as Nick. 25% into the book I really couldn't stand Nick. 30% into the book and I seriously considered giving up on it, because I really
couldn't stand Nick.
It was only thanks to sneaking a peek at other reviews (while trying to avoid spoilers), most of which seemed to indicate that things would
, indeed, get explained in the end (I did assume of course that Nick had a reason to be the way he was, but after a while I didn't really feel liked I cared any longer), that made me persist. And then slowly I started to not just not-hate Nick but actually get interested in him (and the plot - although, frankly, the plot was pretty much background for me with this book - it was all about Nick), and the ending... I don't want going to spoil anything, so I'll just say that yes, indeed, it did explain things.
Anyway, I suspect I'll want to read the second book, too. I didn't love
this one - I didn't even really like it
- but it was interesting and decently written (although I found the beginning too choppy for my taste) and I'm rather curious to know what is going to happen next.