OK, I finally finished it. PE didn't end up playing into the story much at all (just sort of a side note). But, I did like the book. It didn't have the same "formula" to it that I've found in the other books I've read by her. It's a pretty complex story and the storytelling is done in a way that takes a while for you to see how it's all going to play together. So, it wasn't really a "beach read" but I liked it...I didn't expect the ending, which I appreciated too.