I want to start this off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. Getting that out of the way, it was not an original concept as far as the story line went. The reader is introduced to an ensemble of characters all flawed and dysfunctional in varying degrees. Throughout the book we get to know the characters, follow their lives and be delighted when they are all drawn together to make for a sensible ending. What makes this a little different is that the author throws in the twist of lightening strikes. These strikes are random, but they each impact on the life of one character at a time, changing its direction. The tidbits thrown in at the beginning of each chapter about lightening strike survivors ties the story together nicely.