Charles is sick with a disease that doctors cannot cure, so his father sends him to a boardinghouse for fresh air with his brother, Thom. There, they meet sisters Cora and Minnie as well as another boarder named Arthur. Together, they delve into secrets left by Arthur’s father that seem to be following Charles and Thom in the form of a group of mysterious strangers. It struck me as gothic in tone, complete with hidden pasts and witches.
Overall, this book was flat. It is told in sequences of pictures (done by Jim Di Bartolo) alternated with text chapters (done by Kiersten White), and it seemed as though the authors skimmed over the story like an in-depth summary rather than really digging into it. The entire time I read it, I felt emotionally detached. The characters weren’t fleshed out and the depth of plot and world was hinted at rather than explored.
This book is a 2.2. I’m left with very little to say about it given the lack of feeling I was left with after finishing. There was some mild confusions over what I had just read. It was like a cereal bar. It’s not terrible, but you eat it, you finish it, and you go on with your life. Eating the cereal bar is barely a blip in the day, which is how I felt about reading this book. It’s good for a quick read if you need something to use up some time.