A sensational novel, as highly spiced as readers of this kind of fiction can desire. The well-knit plot sets the reader's wits at work to find the clue to the mystery which the author has done her best to conceal.
he second time turned towards home.
For, in my sense, 't is happiness to die. --OTHELLO.
There was death in her face; I saw it the moment we reached the refuge of our room. But I was scarcely prepared for the words which she said to me.
"Mr. Barrows and I will be buried in one grave. The waters which drowned him have gone over my head also. But before the moment comes which proves my words true, there is one thing I wish to impress upon you, and that is: That no matter what people may say, or what conjectures they may indulge in, Mr. Barrows never came to his end by any premeditation of his own. And that you may believe me, and uphold his cause in the face of whatever may arise, I will tell you something of his life and mine. Will you listen?"
Would I listen? I could not speak, but I drew up the lounge, and sitting down by her side, pressed my cheek close to hers. She smiled faintly, all unhappiness gone from her look, and in sweet, soft tones, began:
A well-respected clergyman is found dead at an old abandoned mill. It appears to be accidental death, or maybe suicide. But, the news of this death has a fatal effect on two women. One is his fiancee, and the other is a wealthy matron living on the other side of town. The fiancee's roommate, an orphan, investigates the crime, out of loyalty to her dead roommate. I generally like the novels of Anna Katharine Green, but I didn't care for this one. It seemed overly melodramatic to me, and I never really gained an interest in it. The later part of the book is occupied with long confessions. None of Green's series characters appear in this novel. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this. But, I did not enjoy it, and cannot recommend it. Nevertheless, AKG fans might want to give it a try.