I really enjoyed this story. The writing style had me a little worried to start with but as the tale took hold, and the author gained more confidence in the book began to flow more readily. The main character Oliver grew on me, but I would have liked to see some of the other characters develop, such as Gretchen, or Pauls family. I would love to see the author revist this for a rewrite as I think it would be a real benefit. Give it a go.