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Title: The Glass of Time
Author: Michael Cox
Summary From Borders: Building on his "superb" ( Washington Post ) debut, The Meaning of Night , Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England. Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" ( New York Times Book Review ) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.
So, my friend pretty much forced this book on me last week. I was a bit skeptical looking at the title, the description, and pretty much everything about it. The only thing it really had going for it was that it happened in the 1800's in England. But I read it anyway, because my friends are extremely bitchy and violent and I didn't feel like being hurt for not reading a book.
Be warned, this book is the heaviest non-textbook I've ever held. Considering it's page count, it seems unlikely, but it is.
I finished the book last night and absolutely loved it. It's set up like a play, with five acts divided into 'scenes'. It was filled with different twists as well. I'm usually pretty good at predicting things, but in this book they would admit something I knew would happen, then give out two more details I completely wasn't expecting. I did see the ending coming, but how it got there kind of threw me off. And in the last act, it seemed like unexpected thing followed unexpected thing in succession. Reading it right before bed didn't help either.
But overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's extremely interesting and different from other things I've read. So go get it. Now.