Most of the characters were given little or no depth - you could barely remember who they were much less care about them. The one character, Nina, who is explored in more detail is totally inconsistent - she is strong enough to raise three siblings on her own but then too weak to stand up for herself in several less challenging circumstances. Lots of quick plot twists without enough of a story behind them to really be interesting. Like watching a low budget soap opera. I don't' think its a good beach read because it just isn't engaging enough.