Based on the description and subject matter, I had high hopes for this book. Is it historical mystery, modern romance, or supernatural thriller? It suggests all, but never satisfies any of these genres. Unfortunately, by using the past tense throughout, the author fails to build and maintain any suspense for the romance, the mystery, or the thriller. The "historical" context of the story is given short shrift and is presented fairly academically. Much of the story focuses on the relationship between the narrator and her former lover, but it is hard to care what happens to them because we always know the relationship is not going anywhere. All of the important facts necessary to solve the "mystery" tumble out in the last few chapters. So, skip the middle. Aw heck, skip the whole thing.
As a longtime Jules Verne fan, I was looking forward to this story. I was happy with the tale itself, although the narrative structure could have been more active. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the reader's lack of a decent Scots accent.
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