Middle. I like that it was short and suspenseful but I prefer longer stories.
Poe's tales of suspense. His stories are also tight and tense.
Over the top (on the female voices)
Lenora because she is the most complex and deliciously evil.
Engaging. Complex. Moving.
Great Expectations. It is a coming-of-age story of a young orphaned boy who learns about life through his own mistakes.
The elderly antique restorer (can't think of his name). He is kind and wise and interesting.
Not many stories of this length can keep your attention all the way through. Mr. Pittu gets a lot of credit for that. He and Donna Tartt were a good match.
The riveting stories and intertwined characters kept me riveted to my IPod.
The improbable became possible and no one escapes the hand of fate.
Everyone has secrets
The writing is excellent.
I loved the way the characters lives interacted with each other, each affecting the other without even knowing it. And what characters they were!
When Marion realizes she doesn't have to give into despair and finally dumps Jeremy and prepares to move on with her life.
When Rose and Antoine realize they love each other but at the same time realize they can't express that love aloud.
I loved Charlotte because, like me, she is older but she is utterly independent and understanding. She knows something is going on with her daughter but is saavy enough not to say anything.
The narration is a bit fast in that hurried clipped way the Brits have, but once you get used to it, Kellgren's narration is spot on.
Despite some predictability and lots of improbablity Milchman knows how to crank up the suspense and keep you engrossed.
The sense of place. Cold. Snow. Gray. I wouldn't want to live there but I enjoyed reading about it. The creepiness of the place fit the plot.
Sit close by the fireplace.
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