Thursday, September 9, 2010
I read three quarters of it, and I had to put it down. I have a feeling that Hurd can probably write a good Gothic novel, but I don't think this is one. It is too sensational with few historical or realistic details. The novel is designed for shock more than anything, in my opinion.
I know some of my readers like Hurd. Which of her novels did you enjoy? I plan to try others by her and hope for better luck. If you liked this one, please post about why. I know some of my readers might enjoy it. I just did not.
Plot: 3/5 [Extremely fantastic and pretty silly after one intriguing turn with the first generation.]
Characterization: 2/5 [Very thin. I could picture only a couple of the characters, and none were really round-- other than perhaps Eustacia and Trina Blake.]
Atmosphere/spooky elements: 3/5 [I give it 3 just for the first segment of the novel involving the estate. The trick that is played upon Eustacia is unsettling and confusing for the reader. That twist was the only interesting one in the novel.]
Literary: 2/5 [In short, no. This is sensationalized fiction.]
Rating: 2+ stars **.5
I don't recommend this one.
Posted by Gothic Writer at 12:38 AM