While classified as a Gothic, this isn't one in the true sense. There's no windswept moors, no dilapidated mansion, no creepy housekeeper. Really, this is just a good solid mystery, Hitchcock style.
suspense here builds slowly which in a way is more suspenseful because
we are as naive as the heroine. There's no foreboding to warn you of
what's coming. And while this is a totally different story, it reminded
me in parts of Vincent Price's "House of Wax" and "Psycho". (but don't
expect to be scared out of your wits, its not like that)
woman, unlucky in love, goes to an art exhibit and attracts the
attention of the art dealer and his friend, a foreign painter, who says
she has "the face of an angel". Soon, the art dealer, Clive, convinces
Meg to go with him to the country and be his secretary. His friend, the
artist, insists she also come regularly to sit for him so he can paint
her, although he is a terrible artist. ( Incidently, Hans the artist
lives nearby with an old recluse of a housekeeper and her cat).
(the art dealer) is married, though we don't see his wife straight
away as she's been in the hospital for an extended stay, recovering from
an auto accident that has destroyed her face...
There's also a
pretty young librarian who is in love with Hans although somewhat
frightened of him. She also sits for Hans until one day she doesn't show
up for her job...
And there's Simon Sommers, who runs an antique
shop and periodically sells Clive paintings. He has taken a shine to
Meg and keeps tab on her, always nagging her to spend time with him and
flirting shamelessly. I quite liked his character.
enjoyed this and thought it was well thought out. While we suspect which
characters arent all that they seem to be, we don't know WHY or whats
going to happen until it all comes together at the end. At least I never
guessed anything. Well worth a read!