Yes, it was a love story and yes it was full of suspense, but the background story of teaching the young boy to talk was full of frustration, impatience and anger. The woman loved her son SO very much and wanted the best for him so she pushed him to his limit and succeeded! I didn't like her method, believing it was almost child abuse, so I was very shocked to read that the son of the author also had the same problem and Mr. Sparks used the same method to 'encourage' him to speak. I couldn't help but think there would have been a less traumatic way to deal with the situation. Great book though.