The writing in this book is very lush, dark, and sweeping. If that is not your thing, then you will hate this book. If you like Gothic novels, then you will love love love this book. The pace of the story is really languid, but that's part of the charm. It feels like you're sinking further and further into the story and the character's lives. The plot line seems strangely complicated yet painfully obvious as to the direction it's going in. The ending was actually quite surprising though. Violet is a great protagonist. She's aware of her surroundings and that she's being swept away by River, yet she still allows herself to be. Tucholke did a fantastic job of keeping her from being completely clueless or unbelievably perceptive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next in the series.