The ending is certainly not a surprise, as stated by another reviewer, but this is quite an absorbing read. The author is able to grab your attention from the very beginning and to maintain throughout the book. Interesting perspective as well.
Thoughtful and funny! Perfect for light reading. You will gain an appreciation (and no small measure of sympathy)for your local librarian. Mr. Douglas invites us to his branch of a California library detailing the odd happenings and very "colorful" patrons that are "all in a day's work".
I can easily imagine a group of Victorian women, seated before a blazing fire, listening intently as one of their number reads this story aloud, while shivering and exclaiming softly at the more unnerving parts!
The atmosphere is eerie, and although the pacing may be more suited to a story being read aloud, it's still very enjoyable.