I was a little thrown off since the prologue at the beginning of the book is actually the way the stories are thinly tried to be tied together. I found it a bit distracting since unless you really search the names of people just barely mentioned in the stories, you do not see the characters from the prologue again till the epilogue. I would have liked it better if those characters actually made an appearance in the 3 stories instead of just having their name mentioned once. The three stories each stood well on their own but may have been better if I really felt that they were connected. It just felt like the prologue and epilogue was trying to force them together.