An excellent book by the author of Watership Down. The elements described by other reviewers - 'haunting, erotic, supernatural' - are all there, though it would be a difficult task to place this novel in such genres as horror, romance or the supernatural. It is a unique book with lyrical and poetic qualities, difficult to pidgeon-hole into a category. It is not horror a la S. King, and if erotic means graphic or pornographic to you, then no, it is not. But the erotic element is there, worked and woven in with honesty, taste and naturalness - and is an important key to the story. The supernatural element is likewise an important thread, and is not obvious at first. However, the reader becomes aware of it as the subtle handling of it in the plot becomes an important key.
As far as mythology and comparisons are concerned, this is by no means 'Medea Revisited' as suggested by another reviewer. Medea is about jealousy and heineous revenge. Though one of the 'sins' commited by Medea is also Karin's, I suggest a closer connection to Kali (which is very briefly and cleverly worked into a conversation within the book), if one must make mythological comparisons. In any case, yes...this is a tale worthy of Euripidean dimensions but it has nothing to do with jealousy, intrigue and revenge.
Karin is a gossamer, enchanting woman of deep, consumming emotions with, as the story unfolds, a dark secret. Her 'other-worldly' nature makes one suspect she is indeed an enchanted creature-turned-human whose very existence is for the spellbound love she and Alan share. Though make no mistake; this is no soggy love story.
Is she 'other-worldly' or a tragic human creature not-meant-for-this-world? Read this intriguing tale with a dark secret. It will haunt you long after the covers of the book are closed.