I loved the way Zola delves deeply into the psychology of his characters and not just the two main characters, but others as well.
It is dark, brooding and cynical, but not overbearingly so. I found I enjoyed it as a horror story and as a commentary on French society of the nineteenth century--it works wonderfully as one or the other or both!
To be honest I bought the book for her narration--I was not disappointed! Her voice and inflection are incredible and very easy to follow. She reads with emotion but not obnoxiously--her narration is subtle and she is also wonderful with the French names and places in the story.
It was disturbing and dark--but in a good way. It makes you think about the way human minds work with the added benefit of seeing how the nineteenth century's view of moral choices is portrayed in the book and how that plays out in the plot.
As long as the reader (or in this case listener) accepts the fact that this mystery takes its time and relishes in character development and abandons hope for fast paced thrills -- they will like this book. It took me a minute to really dive in but once I did I fell head over and was addicted and desperate to know the ending before I knew what had happened. I cannot say if I would have read this without knowing JK Rowling wrote it (sorry big HP fan) but after reading it I do like it for its story! I don't think just because of the writer, but I know I had a little more patience because of it.
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