What a let down ! The raving reviews, the subject matter (a country Doctor befriends an old aristocratic family who lives in a grand decrepit house where strange events keep happening) made this book sound very appealing. Although rather well written, I found the story very slow to start, and the characters difficult to warm up to, especially Dr Farraday. Having got to the last 10 pages I was hoping that a final twist would be revealed which in itslef would have been enough to make the story worth reading but alas no such thing. I got to the end and felt like I had wasted the past 10 days reading it. Like another reader I was suprised to read an account of Caroline's evening told by the doctor who wasn't even there (?). I found myself irritated with the doctor's consistently stubborn reaction faced with strange events and his stubbornness again faced with Caroline's rejection (how many times does he have to go and speak to her to get the message??). There was no progression in Dr Faraday's character, if anything more of a regression. I would not recommend this book which I found to be a waste of time.