After three months of reading it on and off, I FINALLY finished it!!! It was a great story with good characters..... It was just too dang long. The same story could have been told with just as much effect with half as many words. I'm always reluctant to ditch a book once I've started (unless it turns out to be pornographic). I was to that point several time with The Woman in White, but I'm glad I finished and I feel totally triumphant.