One of the worst books of the year. Unless you are devoted to the gothic formula and have been in withdrawal due to the lack of gothic titles during the last couple of decades, this is beyond a waste of time. Only in the setup where Noemi visits her cousin Catalina in distress in High Castle is there any sense of reality. When Noemi arrives the novel derails furiously. Tinctures, ghosts, madness, murders and incest are all comingled to horrible effect.