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Oh those Victorians!,
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Incest and flagellation, administered of course by a stern yet voluptuous governess, are the central themes of this book. There have been more Victoran novels elaborating these themes, but the big plus of this book is that the idiom and narrative style - although a bit old-fashioned by 2008 standards - are not as annoyingly Victorian and riddled with exclamation marks as the originals. Consequently, the (many) juicy bits generate much more heat, while the guilt-free "incest is fun"-atmosphere of Victorian smut is kept up.
As to the depth of 'gore' this book descends to, don't be fooled by the "Whoa"-liner notes of the publisher. The book's atmosphere is basically one of good clean fun and you won't find much (other than the incest, of course) in the way of very deviant or heavy-handed practises. An aging High Court judge turning out to be as lascivious as the members of this family may come as the biggest shock. To some of you, at least.
All in all, a hot little book, well above the average fare.