A Thousand Splendid Suns was a great read; I just couldn’t put it down. The characterisation was really good and a real empathy for the characters built up. The characters are strongly, if not always fully, drawn and we are made very much to empathise with Mariam at first as she is taken to be the wife of a much older man, Rasheed, who turns out to be very cruel, and later Laila, the second, younger and more passive heroine, who is tricked into marrying the same tyrant. The relationship between the two women grows and their suffering and tribulations are described in great detail, so we are drawn into their lives very much.
The ending was the biggest disappointment though with the return of another character which was just too neat, It just convinced me of one feeling I had frequently during the reading, that I was being manipulated a little too obviously into feeling specific things about specific people and events.
I’ll let you make your own mind though but i give kudos to Khaled Hosseini as he is a good story teller