It’s hard to believe this is Ms. Hitchman’s first novel—it’s a remarkably skillful debut. Her style is sensual, poetic and erotic. I’ll even go a step further and describe it as exquisite. Is the book perfect? No, the plot is far-fetched, but then so are most novels in this genre. Despite its flaws, the writing is so good this shouldn’t make anyone put the book aside. PETITE MORT’s ending is indeed a surprise. Does one walk away believing it? Of course not, but who cares. This is entertainment of a high order. I can’t wait to see what this writer does next.