Short story collections can often be a mixed bag, and this book is no exception. However, at its best, we see du Maurier at the height of her powers. The stories are often quite dark explorations of human nature, with some - for the time of writing - quite disturbing explorations of love and sex. Athough a few stories are over-long, they are usually taut tales that create a superbly tense atmosphere; like the best short stories, they often raise as many questions as they answer. Even the least successful stories, coming from her earlier period, allow you to see something of du Maurier's progress as a writer. My favourites in the collection are 'The Doll', 'East Wind' and 'And His Letters Grew Colder': all powerfully written, fascinating and surprising.