Having not read the first book in the series, I found this book a little hard to understand. I really hate when a book in a series bogs you down with loads of information from the first book, but I felt this book didn't give you enough information as to what happened in the previous book. There are so many characters, I had a hard time keeping them straight. But, if you like drama, back biting and secret plots against each other, you will like this book! I was a little sad that I didn't connect with Manon, the main character. But I did love Emmerik, her stepson, who she is sleeping with! All in all, if I had read the first book, Death Wish, I think I would have really enjoyed this book. So, my recommendation is, read the first one and then come back to this one.