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Great promise; feel a bit cheated, though
on February 7, 2012
I honestly don't know how to rate this book fairly. I ordered it in its Kindle edition. The premise and the writing grabbed me from the start. It is written from the point of view of the heroine, a 40-ish single woman, a bit at loose ends in her personal life, who inherits an old house on an island in Maine from a great-grandfather she had never met. Tess is a very credible character; a refreshing change of pace from the ingenues who inhabit so many of the Mary Stewart novels or the more traditional gothic novel heroines. The writing is engaging, the scene is created evocatively, and the author conjures up an atmosphere of mystery, tension, and a few chills. Great stuff! I was settling down for a pleasant evening's read (I had just gotten to the part of the story where the action and tension had built to a crescendo and I was certain one of several possibilities -- none of them nice, but all of them the stuff of mystery novels -- would occur). Then, suddenly, there was no more story. Nada. I could scarcely believe it! I scrolled through and sure enough, THAT WAS IT! Perhaps in the book format, I'd not have been so unpleasantly surprised, but I am sure I would still have felt cheated by the abrupt ending -- and just when things were getting very interesting, indeed. I'd give it a solid 4 stars for the first half of the book, for that's all that I feel like I was given to read. In my opinion, the second half was omitted, perhaps to lead into the next offering in the series. If that was the author's intent, then let me go on record as crying, "Foul!" That is just not cricket! A cliff-hanger is one thing, but this was an abrupt cessation just as the story was fully developing. As a result, I rather feel that half a 4 star book should only receive a two star rating. Since I'm of such mixed minds about it, I'm compromising with 3 stars. You be the judge.