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shadefell in marystewart

The Ivy Tree

The Ivy Tree is, first and foremost, a story of mistaken identity.

It's very Bronte'-esq, with crazy dead wives and dark haired, violent paramours, and allusions to gypsies and their animal magic.

This book is very suspenseful, but is based on a lie told to the readers. It's well written, but when I was done reading it I didn't like it very much. I've never liked mysteries that the reader can't solve, where the author is holding something back to flourish at the last reveal. It feels too much like cheating.

Still, this is very well written and if you like Agatha Christie and other mystery authors who reveal secret information at the end, you'll probably like it.

Also, I always like the crazy dead wives.

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