“I'm not really sure what to say about this book.
When it starts out, it has a touch of whimsy (time travel appears to be mentioned), though that is left to one side for the first part of the book and you follow a precocious little boy who lives with his twin sister and odd family in a very macabre home called the Manse (though it wasn't one).
Edward's sister, Sophia, makes a promise to their father to never leave home and takes it literally, so she's unable to break away, while Edward goes onto further studies at boarding school. There he has various experiences--most of them kept at a distance by the description of the author--Edward often doesn't seem to realize what's happening to him. There's also a strange boy around called Alf, but nobody else seems to see him, so it appears to be an imaginary friend.
It's the end of the book which I find difficult to deal with. All of a sudden there's murder, there's incest, there are bodies left, right and centre--and all in very bizarre circumstances.
After enjoying the first part of the book, it's left a bad taste after having finished it. A macabre story. I've only given it two stars, but I guess that's just my taste. ”
Bee F wrote this review Saturday, November 2, 2013.