Dark, but little else
The characters and the landscape are full of dreams that mock their inability to know what they want from life, let alone have the courage to strive for it. The young girl is in the same mould - although more "feral" than the older in habitants of the valley (portraying the reality that each generation is gettting less "fit" for any life).
The fear of the other feral, the big cat, also drives the characters to even more callow behaviour.
All the characters such pathetic creatures that their death or probable future imprisonment seems meaningless. Without one character to care about, I did not care for the book despite its powerful prose and clever swapping of narrator as the action unfolds.