Good. The writer knows what he's doing and has studied his craft. There no amateurish drowning of weak verbs and wasted words. Whenever the rules of good prose are broken it's intentional. (4 stars) I didn't walk away thinking I needed to study his work so no fifth star on prose.
Character & PoV:
This is the strength of the book. The two characters are very well developed. It's seen in the word choice and carefully crafted metaphors that fill in the way they see the world. I never felt like an author was telling me a story, but rather each character had their own voice that was clear in their PoV chapters. (5 stars -- a great example of how to differentiate PoV.)
One of my favorite moments in the book is the intersection point. Each character meets the town gossip, who is recently engaged. Their individual reactions to her and the news of her engagement is one of the best foils I've ever read. (A moment that should be studied)
Rhew's open is strong and caught my attention. When the second major character is introduced there is a lot of overlap with earlier parts of the story. This helped me understand his second character, but I found I skimmed most of the repetitive dialogue. Honestly, it's the only thing I struggled with in the book.
Is there a moment when I don't know what's going to happen? Yes. After the mid-point turn in the novel, I had no idea what was going to happen next. Something I love in a story. (4 stars)