A hundred pages into the book, I was not developing any interest in the characters. The book was still building a back story about the main character and her mother. I skipped forward to the ending and decided that I did not really want to find out what happened in the middle.
I have enjoyed several other books by Anne River Siddons, but unfortunately not this one.
This is not your usual Anne Rivers Siddons book. It is not as bad, in my opinion, as some reviews I have read made it sound but it is certainly different for her. I enjoyed her characterizations, but the story did leave me scratching my head. Entirely forgettable. If you only read a few books a year, don't make this one of them. If like me, you have read and enjoyed all her books, try it and make up your own mind.
Generally, I like Siddons' style. Each word, each phrase is selected with such precision. In other words, I love her complex sentence structure. This particular read was more "southern gothic" than anything else I've read that she's written. I couldn't put the book down and was sorry when I finished Burnt Mountain.
I enjoyed this book right up until the epilogue. I'm not sure why the author spent so much time building these characters only to cut it short at the end. Even though it was obvious how things were going to turn out, I feel some details were washed over. This one left me wanting and not in a good way.
I love a good southern Gothic novel as well as any northern Yankee, and I am very fond of Anne Rivers Siddons' books. This book is perfect up to Chapter 15. Then the Gothic gets totally out of control. The ending is great, though how they will all live without being haunted by these memories is beyond me. Just be forewarned.