Wow! If you are looking for a novel that has one of the best, most realistic and ultimately disturbing (but charming?) characters, you HAVE to meet Marion.
You have to read this book. The writer is good enough to be the next Ruth Rendell who's characters are creepy but relatable. I will never forget Marion who as a person makes you ask "nature or nurture"? The books makes you think about bad parents, bullies, missing people and loneliness. A very good read!
This book was so unbelievably creepy. This was definitely not a page-turner, yet the slow burn was effective as it kept me reading "just one more chapter" right before bed (this despite the fact that I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to go to sleep due to the content). The setting was ultra-descriptive and was a huge part of the ick-factor. I loved how I kept thinking that I had figured out everything and was thrown for a loop when I read the last page...
A claustrophobic and compelling read, this modern Gothic novel leaves an impression long after the last page. The story is narrated by Marian, a shabby spinster who lives with her brother in their parents' decrepit mansion. They go about their seemingly ordinary lives until the unthinkable happens, causing events that reveal the dark and shocking truth lurking beneath. Marian's narrator voice is authentic and dynamic, the setting is appropriately dingy and gloomy, and the twist at the end is surprising and engaging.
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