The narrator, Frances, conceivably takes us from a time where she was caretaker of her dying mother to her summer job at an old estate. Here she meets and lives with Cara and Peter who have a questionable relationship with mystery and intrigue. There's a peephole in the floor to the bathroom below, Victor the vicar, strange finding of the past contents of the mansion, and the ensuing behaviours and interactions that take place. Some occurrences are left to the reader to decide but that often is what compels a good mystery. I felt the pace and careful reveal of information was akin to an obstacle course that eventually led us to an interesting end. Well told story.
There’s a line in the book that sums up it’s traverse well, “The feeling of everything being too late, pointless and wasted.” If you’re looking for a happy ending skip Bitter Orange; this book for me was too sad and depressing and left too many questions unanswered. If you love tragic, haunting characters and decaying mansions, read on.
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