The main character sent to a town to prove her uncle is insane, and is troubled by a choice; whether to try lie and try to protect a town, or to tell her employer that her employers that her uncle is insane, which he is and if she does so, she will keep her job, and her employer would get all of her uncles money, however, her uncles money is being used to maintain a town, with her uncle as a sort of unofficial mayor. The protagonist is discontent with her life with her employer she is tempted to try to build a life for herself in the town.
The book started off somewhat slowly and perhaps melodramatically but it really picks up later on in ways you'd never have guessed. Spying, intrigue, lots of plot twists, all that good stuff. There's also a fair amount about clockwork-type mechanics (during the industrial revolution), which was interesting as well. Similar books: A Spy in the House (Mary Quinn Mysteries #1) by Y.S. Lee and Secret Letters by Leah Scheier.
I really enjoyed The Dark Unwinding. It wasn't incredibly fast paced, but it had an interesting story line that kept me interested. I loved all of the characters and I thought the book was well written. I usually don't read books in the gothic tale genre, but I'll definitely be picking up the sequel to this one!
This is a very sweet touching story, when it all comes down to it. Yes, there are improbabilities, but the unfolding had my full attention.
Don't let the slow beginning discourage you! Fairly nice writing, likable characters, solid plot.
A captivating read with many details scattered in to show the way towards the finale. Some parts were easy to predict, but the growth and attitudes of the characters were well done.
Now this was quite the book! It read very similarly to a Jane Austen novel, with the strict dictation of Class and the expectations of that social hierarchy, but with mad genius creations and inventions. The characters were very well written with very real emotions and responses â€“ I found myself reacting strongly to the interactions dealing with Katherineâ€™s â€˜mad geniusâ€™ uncle, who would probably have been diagnosed with autism in todayâ€™s world. This really was much more of a serious book, though it still had some whimsical stuff, some romance, and again, explosions!
This was a fun mystery with a touch of romance, but you don't want to look too closely or you'll spot the plot holes.
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