Unlike many reviewers, I started out enjoying this book and the mystery it created. A woman and child appear at a manor house in England, the home of a soldier who has gone missing in WWI. Who are they? What do they want? Why does the woman herself then disappear? At which point the author decided to shift to a long, tedious, and melodramatic back story that completely lost me 2/3s of the way through the book--back story, by the way, that could have been covered in less than 10 pages incorporated into the rest of the story. I found my eyes glazing over, the characters increasingly annoying, and myself unwilling to waste any more time.