Reread review 3/20/19:
The dweller in the deep and the first hint of things to come, and I'm getting a little impatient for those things to finally show up, lol. Amelie is a favorite minor character here
and she gets more page time later, but I would like to see a lot more with her. She's such a fascinating character.
I didn't realize, given the time between reading the various books, that
Griffin's bisexuality is a retcon, at least based on what he tells Whyborne here. It's a minor thing, but I do wonder at the change later.
Why couldn't she and Miss Parkhurst hook up instead? Speaking of retcons, still not seeing any evidence that Miss Parkhurst has anything but the hots for Whyborne.
Original review 6/28/15:
There were several times throughout this book that I wanted to smack Whyborne upside the head for his liberal use of "lunatic" and "madman" and other such terms. Yes, I know, it's the 1800s and it's true to the way people understood psyche at that time. But if anyone is in the position to know that people are unjustly put into asylums and treated horribly once there, and to know what such treatment can do to one's mental health, it's Whyborne. Griffin went through just such a thing, and while it hurt to learn more of the details of his confinement, I'd have thought it would make Whyborne a little more aware of his own quick judgements. But no, that wasn't really the case, and yeah, I wanted to smack him. I'm not even sure if he's learned by the end to not judge someone so quickly just by their admittance into an asylum because there's really no time to address it.
Griffin's family drama takes center stage in this one and I honestly can't say if I hate his parents or Whyborne's father more. They both kind of got the short end of the stick on that one.
Not that I can really expect the Kerrs to come around to eventually at least tolerating Whyborne after everything that happened in the aslyum. If I were Mr. Kerr and saw all that, with zero context, I wouldn't want anything to do with Whyborne either.
Rose seems like an aspiring young lady though, so hopefully we'll see more of her in future books.
I'm getting a little concerned about Whyborne's growing power though, and all is not as it appears with his mother either. I'm looking forward to seeing how these two story lines are handled in the rest of the series.
Christine wasn't in this one as much as the previous books, but when she was there, she was her usual bluntly honest self. I do think she could have at least attempted to understand Griffin's position with his family, but her unwavering support of Whyborne was heartening.