this is a time-travel tale, daphne du maurier style. the first chapter could also be viewed as a perfect little short story, and shows all the power of the author at the top of her game. the thing about her books is in addition to her mastery of language, and pacing, and dialogue, she also tells stories that i can never anticipate. i didn't know what was going to happen -- i had no idea how the story would unfold from moment to moment. this is a very weird book and there's a lot going on underneath the surface: more like the works of iris murdoch i've read than any other of the du mauriers. it still isn't my cousin rachel, or rebecca though.