The absolute best book that I've read in the past year, and ended up not liking, was Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. The prose was mind-blowing. The story was so well-told, and really interesting to boot. I even came away from this book thinking that maybe, just maybe, I would consider a home birth if I ever had kids. It was gentle, subtle, dramatic, and incredibly moving - and had some touches of To Kill a Mockingbird, my very favorite book of all time. I will always remember Midwives.
I loved it to the very end. the very last paragraph of the very last page. I wish I hadn't read it, because that last page spoiled the entire story for me. I'm still bothered by it. And I will probably never read that wonderful, delicious book again, because of that last page.
If you are a novel reader, I highly recommend Midwives to you. And you can decide for yourself.