Whether you like novels about relationships or literary thrillers this book will give you a satisfying read on a number of levels. I enjoyed seeing the developing relationship between Lev, a Russian scientist previously involved in biological weapons, and Maya, who leads a simple life creating puppets and putting on shows. The contrast between them is marked, yet they create their own world, cocooned against outside influences. The feeling of impending doom and of threats beyond their control adds a poignancy and tension to the situation. A beautifully written page turner with a twist.