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Long cook-up to a muffled end, despite the initial promise.
on 15 October 2014
Started very good, intrigued me, seemed to be leading somewhere fresh and different. A couple of good twists (a perfect American town - the Stepford Wives style), a strange inherited house with a mystery attached. However, this didn't last.
The story began to spin the wheels after about 50%, so I struggled to stay interested. Some characters seemed sort of undeveloped, raw. A couple of good ones are surrounded by ghostly undefined figures. Sometimes it felt there were too many characters in this book altogether, unnecessarily so.
A couple of gaping dead ends. What happened to that scientific chap and why did he end up being behind the mirror? What was this bad guy in the white panama - a kid or indeed a servant? Why the mister First, who seemed to have really supernatural powers fell so quickly to the Mother, who in contrast didn't seem to be all that special? Despite the hints on her superiority? What IS the pact, really and what sorts were allowed to make it?
And why the Bad Child dealt with his ALL-POWERFUL MOTHER (as we are lead to believe) with such ease?