After eloping with the son of her repulsive guardian, a beautiful young woman is terrorized by an evil presence in her remote country house--and then the situation worsens...
anxious; and pale and silent, was looking forward through the window, as they advanced. At sight of this vehicle, drawn up before them, a sudden fear chilled the young lady with, perhaps, a remote prescience.
The excited nerves of children people the darkness of the nursery with phantoms. The moral and mental darkness of suspense provokes, after its sort, a similar phantasmagoria. Alice Maybell's heart grew still, and her cheeks paled as she looked with most unreasonable alarm upon the carriage, which had come to a standstill.
There was, however, the sense of a great stake, of great helplessness, of great but undefined possible mischiefs, such as to the "look-out" of a rich galleon in the old piratical days, would have made a strange sail, on the high seas, always an anxious object on the horizon.
And now Miss Alice Maybell was not reassured by observing the enemy's driver get down, and
Having read only part one, it's difficult to rate this book. It looks like it's of the same category as Le Fanu's "Uncle Silas" - a gothic sensation novel. It has the young woman in peril, unaware of the true nature of those who should be protecting her. It also has an isolated, crumbling estate with it's own supernatural curse. It looks good so far. On to part two!