Thursday, September 2, 2010
Plot: 2/5 [The plot moved, but it seemed ridiculous. I like novels to have some sense of being possible-- even Gothic novels. If the possible is in question, then they should be good enough to suspend my disbelief as John Keats suggested.]
Characterization: 3/5 [The characters were round enough, but they were boring, and I knew who Sarah's love interest was going to be right away. The heroine is semi-likable, but the terrible plot made it not worth continuing.]
Atmosphere/spooky points: 2/5 [Honestly, I know the dolls are supposed to creep me out, but they just didn't. The only thing I got a few chills from was Eliot-- the mopey male character whose wife was dead-- and his midnight/all hours piano playing.]
Literary or not: 2/5 [Not really. An opera or two was mentioned. Otherwise, this novel was just fluffy.]
Rating: 2+ stars
** I do not recommend this novel.