A novel with a most intricate and carefully unraveled plot. A naturally probable and excellently developed story and the reader will follow the fortunes of each character with unabating interest -- the interest is keen at the close of the first chapter and increases to the end.
he had come to Fair Oaks some fifteen years previous to this time, dressed in deep mourning, accompanied by her infant son, about three years of age, and it was generally understood that she was distantly related to Mr. Mainwaring. She was a strikingly handsome woman, with that type of physical beauty which commands admiration, rather than winning it; tall, with superb form and carriage, rich olive skin, large dark eyes, brilliant as diamonds and as cold, but which could become luminous with tenderness or fiery with passion, as occasion required. To those whom she sought to entertain she could be extremely charming, but to a few even of these, gifted with deeper insight than the others, it seemed that beneath that fascinating manner was a dangerous nature, a will that would brook no restraint, that never would be thwarted; and that this was, in reality, the power which dominated Fair Oaks.
After years of mysterious seclusion, however, the beautiful home of Hugh Mainwaring, while maintaining its usual r
The mystery is all right, the solution quite surprising, and the story contains a lot of complex elements — murder, a lost will, old family feuds, unclaimed sons and more — but the execution is plodding.
I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the story. It unfolds gradually, but really keeps you guessing. The ending is divine!
Very well done. Complex story that expands as it goes. Highly recommended.
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