Check out the amazon page for it over here for the full synopsis… This is a definitely under-hyped book, and very very good!! It’s about a girl who moves to Germany with her family because of her father’s research, however said research seems to be causing a lot of trouble in the town.
Then it turns dark and exciting!
“Some things are better not to know.”
- Writing quality: 4.5/5
- Pacing: 4.5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Enjoyability: 4.5/5
- Ease of reading: 4.5/5
- Thought-provoking: 4.5/5
- Merit and originality: 4/5
- Overall love: 14/15
DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK – SPOILER ALERT!
This book was very exciting.. I loved the mythology behind the story, and how the events that happened were all tied in to the depictions on the stained glass windows – it added a lot of suspense when Lin figured it out, and realised what Father Krause was going to do to her.
“There are a few times in life when you hear something or experience something so unexpected that for a moment you don’t know how to react. Reality seems to be unravelling as though it were a piece of knitting and someone had taken the end of the wool and pulled until the stitches slipped, one after another, dissolution running back and forth across the work, faster and faster…”
Her name… There were lots of hints dropped along the way as to the atrocity of her name, and I genuinely thought it wasn’t going to be revealed, and when it was, it made me happy!
“Could evil never be destroyed, only postponed?”
There were a lot of threads in this story which Helen Grant started throughout the novel, and I think she did a great job in rounding them all up in the end. I also think she set the story up very well for a sequel, but as it was published in 2010, and a sequel has not yet come out, I doubt we should be expecting them!
“So often the things we long for are a disappointment.”
The writing was very, very good in this. The only problem that I had was that it was written in first person – which I clearly cannot fault Grant for doing, as she did do it well. I have just been reading so much third person writing recently, I have lapsed into that style, and it was a bit of a jolt back to the first person.
“You cannot expect a demon to play fair.”
Overall, this book was absolutely fantastic, and I will be picking up another one of Grant’s books in the future, as it was very enjoyable.
“The mind tries to make patterns, to pick up the familiar threads of a life woven in another place and time.”
There was a very creepy scene about halfway into the novel, where Lin and Michel are in the church, and there’s a shadow behind the stained glass window, and they only notice it when it begins to move… There were several other scenes where Grant wrote exciting suspense, which she did very skillfully!
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Thank you for reading!