I almost wish the synopsis of the book doesn't allude to the "shocking" event because I was completely blindsided when it happened. The red herring with another character worked for me, as did the solution to an earlier mystery.Unlike 'Captured', I cared for these characters and the circumstances they found themselves in. The graphic descriptions of the animal sanctuary, the chaos of a long journey in a foreign land, the emptiness of an old house - all served their purpose to create a world that feels wholly realistic. I love the idea that humans are always looking for the monsters outside, watching animals in fear and yet never realising that the actual monsters throughout history have always been us: the humans. Stunning.