Leslie Barnes, a psychologist, and her younger sister move into a lovely house in San Francisco. Leslie's looking forward to starting a new practice, and her sister to studying music. Soon, they both meet Simon Anstey, who seems to have a romantic interest in Leslie - and, coincidentally, is an acclaimed music teacher. But strange occurences and auras seem to surround the house, and the two women seem to be the focus of benevolent but intense interest from the local Pagan community.
I very much enjoyed reading this book as a fun haunted house/occult tale, and appreciated that between the previous book in this series (Dark Satanic) and this one, Bradley seemed to have read up on her modern paganism, and incorporated it nicely into the story. However, the ending of this book was extremely problematic, on not just an ethical but a practical level. There are things that both cannot and should not be forgiven - especially not just at the drop of a hat. Among these things I would count murder, rape, and using magical (or any other sort of) influence to induce people to do fairly dreadful things against their will. Being selfishly traumatized is not an excuse for these sort of crimes, and an "oh, sorry" does not atone for them. It's a quite befuddling ending, and I would really like to know if Bradley ever explained why she wrote it this way.
Fascinating fantasy novel.
This book seemed to just plod along for me. I'm not really into the psychological thrillers (but love those kinds of movies). This book seemed like Bradley learned a lot of information about this religion / cult / way of thinking, and wanted to educate us on it. It wasn't preachy, but there seemed to be a lot of characters that were only there to give their viewpoint on The Path.
I dunno, maybe it was just me. The characters seemed pretty well thought out, but the tension / climax didn't seem very big (strong?). You figure out some of the big ending, but there are still some twists. Bradley does a nice job of wrapping everything up (with room for following the characters to a new book, if it came to that).
If you like "ghost stories," with unexplained phenomenon and creepy things happening, with some mystery thrown in, then this book will probably appeal to you. I just never felt "sucked in" to the story.
Leslie Barnes, a very unwilling psychic loves her new house in San Francisco. Then she learns that something want it - and her very soul. Thriller/chiller.