The thread that weaved the three main characters together was a brief episode when Richard collides with Evelyn's car holding a dead body in the trunk. Add Richard's upstairs tenant Lucia and we have the three main characters. I love Allende's writing. This story was more of attrocities of corrupt government, survival, smuggling coyotes, and families torn apart than about the dead body. The murder twist could have been a more compelling reason to reach the end.