Gothics are mixed bags. I can't read them back to back but I'm always drawn back to them. Let's blame the ominous stories, the cheesy but beloved covers, the weird writing style. Some are downright great, which keeps me plowing through the mediocre majority.
For a Gothic, this was more complex than others in its vein. Malvina Raven (that name...) has come to her family's castle/house/whatever and encounters family there she's never met before. She wants to combat nightmares and personal ghosts, and this is the medicine her psychologist dished out. Unlike a lot of gothics, I wasn't sure until later who the eventual love interest would end up being.
The heroine was a little simple minded and flighty, but bearable. Characters work and the mystery twist at the end wasn't bad, but this book suffered from some downtime and not a tightly constructed story. The suspense isn't tightly woven, there's some dull moments, and half the time I was on the edge of my seat hoping something bad would finally happen.
The exclamation marks were way overdone - and some of the dialogue trying.
Even when it comes to simple stuff like having tea -
"No sugar, please. I prefer my tea without!"
0_O Really? Is there some hidden rule that Gothics have to have so many exclamation points?
Overall a good story for this type of genre, though, so most Gothic fans should like it. There's the different inclusion of some religious strangeness with the island and its inhabitants, so this intriguing history and difference delivered a different touch. It's nothing I'll remember in a few months and not re-readable, although the cover alone deserves some praise.