I’m stunned. I’m staring at the last page thinking, this is the end? Incredulous, I question my ability to judge characters— to read between the lines of well-written fiction. From the first sentence the plot is arresting and unpredictable—an unavoidable collision between wordsmithing and human emotions. A feminized “Executioner’s Song” that recalls Janet Fitch and Gillian Flynn, Noa’s story scorches the heart.