I realize it seems a bit silly for me to criticize her for the length of her book while praising Stephen King, but somehow (with a few exceptions) I find Stephen's metaphors to be fresh and his books are as long as they need to be. It the case of "The Dark Tower" series I would have liked them to have gone on longer.
One strange thing is that this book had a scene that was in the televised version of the Lynley's last year in a different story--I'm still puzzled as to why that should be. The one thing that she does do well is to find true motivations for her characters and the tragedy is deeply painful and perfectly rendered.
Isn't it funny how a thousand words can be too few and ten words to many depending on the story, the style and the message?