This was okay. I didn't read the first in the series and I was confused in a couple places where people were introduced that were clearly part of the series, but I didn't have the background. There really wasn't any controversy. Everything resolved itself nicely and timely. Also, it was hard for me to suspend disbelief over her four year old child that was described as behaving much older - he didn't seem to need his mom for anything and he was always sleeping or fell asleep very quickly when they had a scene together. This is NOT how it goes with four year old children.