I'm writing this on my Kindle so it won't be very long. Typing on this is a royal pain.
The slide continues, for more and more reasons. I'm only forcing myself to finish for the sake of the Bingo game. . . and because the final review will have all the spoilers.
But here is the main point I need to make at more than halfway through: where is this story set?? My long history as a baseball fan tells me it's in western Pennsylvania, but that's only an educated guess.
Firmly now at 1.5 and still slipping.