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“Nice gothic feel to it. Loved it.”AngelGailRose wrote this review Thursday, January 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book took me by surprise. I didn't really expect it to be this enjoyable. It reminded me of Jane Eyre... Sort of. I liked it.”Valkyrie wrote this review Wednesday, March 12, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a sexy, thrilling 'whodunnit' effectively told in the first person.
even though there were the necessary highlights on secondary characters, i loved that the author was still essentially grounded on developing the growing attraction between Benedict and Ann, whilst not losing sight of the suspensful Gothic atmosphere (first scene was almost exactly like the one in 'Fall of the House of Usher').
ironically, despite the pervading dark theme, the author was also able to incorporate wrenching (and more importantly, realistic) drama about family loyalty and family secrets, the relationship between fathers and sons, and the myriad ways that people deal with bereavement, as well as funny, lighthearted moments.
the voice of St. Giles, told thru her character, Ann, was so insightful about life it was almost martyr-like and eerie (to the point that i sometimes found it annoyingly envious)-- i also have to admit there were times i skimmed past what i felt were long-winded rationalizations and self-recriminations--i guess that's the only reason i wasnt able to give it a heartfelt 5 stars. well...and maybe coz i felt that somehow the end was rushed.
still, both characters were intelligent and likeable: Ann's as a practical, sensible, level-headed woman is the perfect match for Benedict's silent and darkly seductive, yet cool-headed persona.
highly recommended for any romance reader wanting something a bit unconventional yet still very satisfying read.”