It’s hard to review a book like this. This isn’t a plot-driven book as much as it is a character-study. The synopsis and the prologue almost make this sound like a murder mystery. There is a murder, but this book isn’t really about the murder.
If you go into it thinking you are going to get a murder mystery, you are going to be very disappointed. That said, this was a very interesting read. The characters were complex and engrossing, which is exactly what you want of a character-study. And though a lot of the characters are highly unlikable, they are multi-dimensional enough to keep you captivated.
The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star for me was the fact that I thought some sections dragged a bit. The story is set up as a manuscript written by one of the characters and said manuscript is split into “present day” (1990’s) and “past” (around 1950’s, I believe). The “past” sections are by far the best. I thought the more modern sections felt slightly disconnected and I didn’t care for the odd love-story sub-plot. But all in all I enjoyed the manuscript style, especially when the “author” (again, a character in the book) sort of broke the forth wall, to use a TV term, and interjected himself into the writing.
I think fans of thought-provoking character-studies and classic Gothic tales will enjoy this.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**