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The Abyss (#18) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

“S’trouble with inheritence – someone’s got to die,”

It has been about seven months since I read/reviewed one of the books from this historical saga. So far, it has proved to be satisfactory. In this  book, it focused on the relationship between two Morland brothers – Benedict and Nicholas. The time frame is c. 1835-1839.

This book was not fantastic, but it certainly packed plenty in! It still involved trains – as well as weddings, babies, infidelity…you know, the usual stuff. Eagles either makes her characters very very good or very very bad. There is no middle ground. The insanity of Nicholas was very Gothic, and Benedict’s wife Rosalind was very deceitful indeed. I feel this sort of narrative has been used before in earlier books of the series. There were many moments where the narrative could have gone darker but thankfully it did not. 

This book did not incur emotive or empathetic feelings in me, hence the low rating. I hope the ‘character of the week’ format doesn’t extend into future books of the saga.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****


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