Dear Irene is a very carefully plotted, and well-written book. This book is definitely for those who are very enthusiastic about murder mysteries. I gave this book only 3 stars however due to my distaste of gory murder mysteries. I suggest not checking out this book if you want a light, and positive read. Although if you want a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, I highly recommend it. Over all "Dear Irene" is a very well throught out thriller, with a mythological twist.