Does it never stop in this book? Now I understand the complaint some folks made about Outlander
and its sequels, except that there the protagonists never catch a break. Here, our narrator inflicts a rather astonishing series of rather horrifying acts on any number of others. I'm not normally given to running around thinking "ONOEZ! This book has CROSSED THE LINE!" but Beatrice's motives flip back, forth, back, forth, and she's so completely unsympathetic and, in my opinion, undermotivated by external forces that I found it hard to even read the book.
The fact that the setting doesn't particularly shout 18th century is another point against the novel, for me; the whole time, I was thinking, "This could just as well have been set 200 years earlier, or 200 years later." There was no need
for the historical setting and it was treated more as a convenient way to explain away several plot points.
Bleh. Just bleh.