Irene
Irene asked:

Why is it so abrupt? I haven't gotten very far, but I am already massively confused because it seems like she starts talking about random characters without introducing them in the first place. Is the whole book that stilted?

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Roxana Whitner I'm 90% through it and I expect the low ratings are a comparison to her other book The Thirteenth Tale. They are very different books. Characters in both though are well developed. This one has been interesting but I am having to make myself finish it. I'm hoping for a good ending.
Moira Hardie So glad I read your question- I thought it was just me!
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