A Dark Dividing by is Sarah Rayne is a gothic mystery spanning over 80 years. It has a multiple POV, which jumps back and forth though time. The book introduces us to Henry, a down on his luck reporter to do an in depth article on a photographer, Simone Anderson. Henry’s article isn’t on her photography though but on her twin sister and mysterious mother.
The most interesting character was Charlotte, if the whole book had been about her I would have loved it. None of the people are really the main characters, its Mortmain House, an old workhouse and orphanage. All of the characters end up here at one point or another. The scenes in Mortmain house are supposed to be most suspenseful and scariest but they just didn’t quite cut it.
It starts out strong but about halfway through I was just waiting for it to end. The last 50 or so pages drew me back in. There is supposed to be some horror in the story but when it appears it’s pretty mild. I’m disappointed I didn’t like this book more. It had great potential but it really couldn’t hold my attention. This was the first book I’ve ever read by Sarah Rayne so I think I’ll give her another chance.
Does it pass the Bechdel test?