I found this book enthralling. It starts slowly but the characters and the setting draw one in until one is completely caught up with the story. The sense of place is extraordinary. The abbey, its surroundings and the moodiness of North Yorkshire weather are given powerful life. The characters are individual and quirky (although the wicked headmaster is a bit of a stereotype)and develop throughout the story. You don't feel you know all about them, you feel that you are getting to know them in fits and starts.The plot is complex and with more depth than many books in the Gothic genre. Legend, history, art, music and folk lore are all thrown into the pot and stirred. -- Mrs. K. A. P. Wright
I was expecting a typical teen horror story, but was pleasantly surprised. The book is set in a British boarding school, so many of the characters are teens. But many others are adults, including the main character Zuleika. Most of the characters were well-developed and enjoyable to get to know. The setting, an old Abbey converted to a manor house and then a school, was almost a character in itself. -- pat1360
From the Author
Married, with a grown-up son and daughter, she's always been fascinated by the complexities of family life, especially the secrets, violence and intrigues that lie beneath the smooth façade of twentieth-century upper class English families, which are the subject of her novels.