it is easy to get worn out by the account of countless deaths that the author lists throughout the book. however, such was the part that her father played in the history of the soviet union. the book is a personal account of things she remembers and it also accounts the memories of other witnesses. so, you either can take it at the face value or question the authenticity of those accounts. there is a lot of personal opinion cast on some issues. although, she claims not to justify her father's actions, one cannot help but get an impression that she does try to blame beria for a lot of things her father did. in any case, stalin does not come out in the good light. the book is a direct translation from russian and that makes it slightly an awkward read in english. overall, it is an interesting look at the history from a different perspective.