Having already seen the movie starring Nicole Kidman, I knew the plot of the book already so I expected not to be surprised or disturbed. Boy, was I wrong! Being female and having felt various degrees of pressure to conform to a more stereotypical and traditional feminine role, this book spoke to the part of me that is really terrified of losing my identity to such pressures. This book is like one of my biggest fears taken to an almost comical, yet never not frightening, extreme. The writing itself was clear and direct, but also deceptively simple. Even as he described Joanna's daily life, the author managed to maintain a level of creepiness and suspense that never left me, prompting me to read more-- even when I knew what was coming, and was dreading it.