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Daphne by Justine Picardie
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Mar 02, 12

Read from February 07 to 27, 2012

Well...unfortunately, dropping the names of the Bronte family and Du Marier does not a novel make. I read half of this book before succumbing to the realization that, in 200 pages, absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g had happened. The character development, plotline-nothing had progressed beyond the most basic unfolding of a story. I began this book with high hopes of vintage gothicism, madness, enthralling characters, and the like. Instead, I was met with mundane, mediocre writing of flat characters and an achingly blase storyline. I'm not sure what the reviewers- who promised page-turning, psychological intrigue, and suspense- were reading, but it was not this book. It would take a fabulous ending to pull this book out of its slumber; perhaps on a sleepness night of my own, I will revisit it and give it the benefit of the doubt.
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