I'll confess I almost gave up after the first two chapters. I thought the characters stereotyped and shallow. (example: the old woman looked like a witch, down to the beak- like nose, wart, haggard face and rheumy eyes!! Or the hero: His black suit made his black hair blacker, his eyes greener, his shoulders broader and his waist slimmer" ~ Yup, I groaned out loud, too~ )
Once I accepted the book for what it was: a mass produced paperback
gothic mystery/ romance (in other words, when I lowered my expectations)
I actually enjoyed the story.
Think Nancy Drew for adults.
The mystery itself was
fairly good though the title is a misnomer. Yes, there is a locket but
no, the locket was never lost. And in fact, the reader kind of forgets
all about the locket until the last chapter. Oh yes! The LOCKET! Hmmmm,
how can we fit this in...
I thought the story was needlessly
coarse in places, in fact I "sharpied" out a few lines that I found
vulgar and there are a few cuss words as well. I don't know why authors
feel they need to do this, this is an old book so I was hoping it would
be less crass.(And I'm sure it is "less crass" than others but still the
crass bits were not needed).
Will I give this to my 15 year old daughter to read?
Yes. (My edited version that is. :)
I think I'll scratch this author off my list of "safe reads" because
frankly I just don't know what I'll come across and I didn't think it
was riveting enough to bother.