Having seen the movie before reading the book, I was prepared for the events that unfolded. The story starts off slow but gets very intense. This is not a happy story nor does it have a happy ending. I was amazed at the author's ability to have the reader empathize w/ both sides. I did find the ending in the movie way more powerful but the book was definitely more explantory and informative, obviously. I recommend both the book and the movie.