This book revolves around characterization and atmosphere. The truck driver Ben is the most integral character in the book and is quiet, moral man who happens to need money. There are other characters that come into play, Ben's ex's pregnant daughter Ginny, Claire, the cello player who is often naked, Walt, the owner of the diner that for some reason is never open, and let's not forget some guy who carries a cross through the desert. It seems that this book was trying real hard to be another Twin Peaks, and just missed it somehow.
I think the book was well written, and the individual characters were well drawn. However, I didn't feel compelled to keep reading this book, it felt like a bit of a stretch with all of the quirky people. Maybe trying a little too hard.
I didn't love this book, the desert setting was a mirror to the lack of action and lack of intensity in this novel.
Blogging for Books kindly provided me a free copy of this book for an honest review.