Just finished the "In Death" novella, and I swear, it was less than 100 pages long, but it felt like a full length novel. She packed a lot of story in those few pages.
Thankfully the 'In Death' novella is the first one in the book, that way I can continue on with that series as I work my way through the other three stories in this collection.
I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book as of yet. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.
The subject matter was definitely interesting. Elizabeth Woodville, as she is presented in this book, is a compelling, if not exactly likeable character. She knew what she wanted, and she fought hard to get and then keep it.
I mainly think the author's writing style and I did not get along. Things are often told and not shown, and at times that could get a little tedious. This is in part, I think, due to the use of first person for the majority of the book.
Also, I am not sure how I felt about the whole magic/witch aspect of the story. I know that both Elizabeth and her mother were accused of practicing witchcraft, but for magic to have played an actual role in the story? I just don't know.
I did like reading about the legend of Melusina, though.
I did enjoy this enough to want to check out the tv series based on this book, though.
Overall an enjoyable read. Nicely creepy, if not outright scary.
Recently divorced Maddie moves into the very gothic looking home she inherited from her late Aunt. Maddie used to spend summers there as a child, up until something happened on her sixteenth birthday. Something she cannot remember. Once she gets there strange things begin to happen. Is she going crazy? Do neighbor Shona and handyman Charlie have anything to do with the bizarre happenings at her house?
Before I go any further, I have to say that I appreciate the fact that the main character was a woman in her late 40's/early 50's, and not a dewy eyed innocent very young woman. It was a nice change of pace.
I like the premise of the story, but felt it suffered some by being too short. The kindle edition I read says it's 208 pages long. I felt the book needed more time to build its world and develop its characters. I think that I would have felt more horror while reading the book had I had more time to connect to these characters. It also took awhile to really get into the history of the house, and by the time it did, the book was nearly over, and the conclusion seemed to happen in a hurry.
That being said, I did enjoy the book enough to want to try out other offerings by this author.