Waters is a fine writer, and this book is an enjoyable as it is because of her talent with setting, tone and characterization. Her period details and psychological insights are subtle and effective and I found myself turning page after page, long past my bedtime. My problem, alas, is with the ending. It failed to satisfy, and that's a great pity because, for me, the rest of the book was quite a treat. I won't give anything away, except to say I was disappointed that so little resolved, either psychologically or emotionally. The deaths piled up, but the closure never came. The last 80 pages felt like one long dangling participle, one long unresolved chord. Pity. Still, I am engaged enough with Waters writing ability to read her other books.