What a fascinating novel this is! A couple of things are certain: multiple people have been murdered, for example, and Robert Wringham believes in the justification of the elect (a la Calvinist predestination). This is a classic and crucial text in the Gothic tradition. The reader is offered three different narratives of the same story, all widely varying and all somewhat suspect, and together they provide a disturbing map of death -- and a portrait of what may be either startling supernatural activity or simply the machinations of one very disturbed mind. I really appreciate the fact the novel offers no easy answers, only a condemnation of fanatical belief and a warning of how easily manipulated an individual's psyche can be. This ranks with (and predates) The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde as a sophisticated psychological study of the dark side of the human soul.