I thoroughly enjoyed the author's novel "Jonathan Strange." These stories have many of the same charming features, but with more of an emphasis on women's magic, and Jonathan Strange meets his match at one point. There's nothing quite like this author's style and imagination; it is unique.
This novel is not for everyone. You have to be drawn to "dark places."
One of my favorite types of narration is first person. If done well, with a character who has an interesting psychology, it is fantastic. If done poorly it is horrible. In this story the author did a good job telling the tale from the point of view of the narrator.
Occasionally there is a flash back to someone else's point of view. But we always return to the central narrator, the survivor of a multiple murder scene
In addition to having suspenseful twisty plot, the psychology of the central characters is probed very insightfully
This is a beautifully written book with a circular structure. Things are revealed gradually. No words are wasted or random. Some sentences are exquisitely beautiful. It evokes emotions and sometimes painful confrontations with the truth of oneself. It is not a beach read. Not that it is a difficult book. But it has meat to it. It's not cotton candy for the mind. Worth rereading a couple of times.
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