This book is interesting due to the business about the predictions of the dates of the Gold siblings' deaths but the book is more about family than anything else. Youngest Simon who shouts "I hate you all" to his siblings as a child, when he goes out to live his live is branded "selfish", Klara who endures some bullying for her love of magic and being the quirky one, as an adult controls her own destiny, Daniel who feels he needs to be the leader and tries to get revenge on the fortune teller, and Varya who as a youngster is so attached to her siblings and is the most detached as an adult.

It's not the fortune teller's predictions that put the siblings at odds though, it the same types of things that put all siblings at odds. The important lesson is that redemption is possible.

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