I read this book in one sitting. Intricately, deftly plotted, it was IMPOSSIBLE to put down! And such a Gothic, spooky atmosphere, too! Parts of it genuinely gave me the creeps. I just adored it! There were so many layers to the plot and it all just fit together so perfectly! And I loved the novel-within-the-novel, as well as Charlotte's diary. And I liked the twin aspect as well! I am very anxious to read this talented author's other books, but as they are rather emotionally draining, I think I will space them out a little bit.
As this was a pretty dark book, I am not sure that it would have a very universal appeal, but I certainly loved it! For a longer book, with such complicated elements, the level of suspense and tension just made it an absolutely thrilling read!
When his editor asks him to investigate the background of Simone Anderson, a new Bloomsbury artist, journalist Harry Fitzglen is skeptical. But once hes
met the enigmatic Simone, Harry is intrigued. What did happen to Simones twin sister who disappeared without trace? And what is the Anderson sisters
connection to another set of twin girls, Viola and Sorrel Quinton, born in London a century before? All Harrys lines of inquiry seem to lead to the small
Shropshire village of Weston Fferna and the imposing ruin of Mortmain House, standing grim and forbidding on the Welsh borders. As Harry delves into the
terrible history of Mortmain, he finds himself drawn into a series of interlocking mysteries, each one more puzzlingand sinisterthan the last.
Not what I expected BUT I couldn't put it down--once you get into the stories about two sets of conjoined twins 80 years apart and their lives it will grab you and not let you go,an updated version of a gothic story, very good!
If you have not discovered Sarah Rayne, you are missing a treat. Conjoined twins born 80 years apart. Ms. Rayne is telling 4 stories in one novel and the amazing thing is, its not confusing!! Wonderful suspense tale.