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House of Doors (A Keys to D'Esperance Horror) Paperback – October 15, 2012
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As with this one. I love gothic style novels, ones which rely on atmosphere over gore, and I love a good haunted house novel. I also like historical fiction, so this book, set during WWII England, in a spooky house, seemed perfect. So I started reading. Now my kindle version (which I got from the library) didn't have page numbers, but I read fast, and it seemed I'd been reading a long time, and, well, nothing much at happened at all. I wasn't sure what the plot was, except for the horrors of war (and war surgery), and the fact that the main character did not feel good about stitching men back up to send them back to war. Then I realized I was 60 percent through the book. Nothing terribly spooky had happened (and believe me, I'm not a reader who is expecting huge things from a haunted house novel). I still wasn't sure what the plot was. This was not good.
Nor did I like the main character, who seemed cold, clinical, and sometime inexplicable in her actions (her dutiful seduction of a patient just seemed odd, not really believable to me). I can even deal with not liking characters, but if I don't like them, then I need something else to carry me--plot, for example. But I didn't have that either.
And there was one thing that drove me crazy, because it's just not skilled writing: the book was so heavy on exposition that there were not nearly enough well developed scenes, and even when there were scenes, they were slow as can be because we had to get all the main character's agonized thoughts (often repetitive) before she said or did anything.Read more ›