I enjoyed this book.It is an interesting murder novel, based on a true story. This novel did seem slow at times, but overall I enjoyed reading it.The main character, Ella Wallace, seems to have so many things against her, including her marriage to a man named Harlan, who is an opium addict. Before meeting Harlan she had a promising future, but that ended when she became infatuated with Harlan. This all happened against her aunts wishes ant the worst happens when Harlan gambles her property away. We move forward fifteen plus years and now Ella has three children and a great deal of debt on her property. The story takes place in the Florida Panhandle and it turns out Ella's property has a lake with "mystical" powers. Another strong character is the seedy banker, Clive, who wants Ella's property. He will do anything to own it. When it turns out that Ella will not be able to meet her mortgage another character appears. He appears in a
very non-traditional way, by mail.