Andrea and John have done it: they had always dreamed of moving to a country town and having a big colonial style house to raise a family in. Full of excitement, they move into the new house that promises such joy. Unknown to either, the house has a dark history and their lives will be altered in ways that neither is prepared for.
From the start, Andrea seems a rather dull heroine, she wants nothing more than to please her husband (or the mystical dream lover) and doesn’t really grow from this. While some character is shown initially in her desire to find out more about the history of the house, there is no real spark to the character and I found it hard to relate to her. Not quite sure how this could have been fixed – maybe with just a bit more spunk?
John is a slightly controlling and overbearing husband who gets very frustrated with his wife’s behavior. He can’t understand her and doesn’t really try to. While there are a lot of Johns out there in real life, I tend to read in order to leave the real world behind and like my heroes to have some good about them. I just couldn’t get excited by John. The basic character is sound and there are glimpses of a good man trying to get out but this needed to be expanded on.
Overall, I did want to know what happened to Anna, but there is a lack of spark to this story that prevents it from pulling you in. I could have very easily put it down and not finished it off. I think the main problems were the predictability of what was happening and the lack of fight by the heroine to prevent it. Not only that but the ending was very abrupt. I was looking for the remaining pages that must surely have been left off.
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