Once again, I am faced with a mildly contradicting review. The writing from the very beginning of this strange book was atmospheric, and it had me on tenterhooks wondering what might happen. I was to be disappointed, but I will get to that part shortly.
The tale begins with the introduction of an enigmatic and an infamous aunt who has been missing long enough for her nephew and niece to be given access to her house. Once they enter their task is to read through a manuscript she has left behind and then use a passphrase to get their hands on the actual money. Then things got really weird, really fast. The story (about the aunt’s past) was troubling and extraordinarily descriptive. If you take the story at face value, it is unsettling, but even if you look at it as hiding a more rational tale, that was torturous as well. It is a reasonably short title, meaning I got to the end fairly quickly although I was not happy to be there. I was a little shaken up even a couple of hours after reading it. I will not go into the details, but if you can focus on solely the writing, I recommend giving this a try, but the story is not something I would willingly tell anyone in its entirety.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is based entirely on my own reading experience.