Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"Last November I had a nightmare."
One of the things I dislike about many Victorian novels is their portrayal of the serving class. This novel was definitely an exception with a decent and normal life "below stairs". Grace was an engaging narrator although a bit disturbing in her brief dismissal of each death that occurs throughout her story. Most were presented with a single sentence and little emotion. I couldn't tell if this was on purpose because the narrator herself is close to death and doesn't want to dwell or if this was a hangup for the author. Another small disappointment for me was that this book was set up as a mystery and yet so much of it was obvious from early on. There was one major reveal that should have been life-changing that was given barely any weight and no follow-up at all. It was a bit unsettling. Overall, though, I did enjoy this book and will certainly be reading Morton's second book, The Forgotten Garden, which I thought was a sequel of sorts but appears to be its own story.
Recognizing that everything should and does change,
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