I RAREly abandon a book. Like almost never, maybe twice, now three. I fought my way through to more than half of this, giving it my typical hoping it would prove me wrong optimism. Not only did I not care about the characters, I wished I could jump in the book and kill them all off so I could quickly leave with a clear conscience. I have at least 1 more of her titles to read (I collect) but I'm thinking of donating it now. Sorry to leave such a negative.