The cover and title drew my interest as soon as I saw this book in the bookshop. The blurb and a quick flick through sold it to me and I wasn't disappointed. Meriel is an annoying but nonetheless likeable character. Brought up as she has been by servants and doting parents, she was always going to be spoiled and self absorbed, but her experiences mature her and it is a pleasure to follow her through this tale. The mystery that is hidden at the centre of Meriel's family is a real page turner. Although, as a reader, you guess some of it, you read on eager for the truth and for all the details.
I also loved the shady Victorian obsession with the paranormal, both real and fake. That aspect of the story was rich and fascinating, as was the depiction of Victorian London and Meriel's grandfather's grim obsession with science. Altogether there is a wealth of varied and interesting characters. An engrossing read.