I really enjoyed this book, more so than The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. The plot seemed to have a bit more to it. The characters are nuanced with their own strengths and challenges.
While I really enjoy her writing, I have trouble reality checking it at times because I know so little about life in Afghanistan.
As a result I was never sure whether the every day resistance engaged in by the characters, their efforts to push back and their 'massaging' of the country's judicial were implausible. I just had to trust the author and go where the story took me. Which really was a good ride.