Finished this book a couple of days ago and these are my thoughts.
I agree that there were some things missing and the first part of the story seemed to drag on without much happening while the girls got used to the flat and London.
But, overall, this is a book I will always remember because it was just very unique and .....I think that the actions of the characters were very believable and human.
Yes, I was irritated and thought Valentina was kind of dense to choose to "fake" her death to get away from Julia, but it seemed like the kind of "romantic" and ill-concieved plan that an immature (as she was made out to be) girl might carry out. (Can you say run-on sentence) SO that made it believable to me. It's the sort of thing a dreamy teenager might come up with, before they can (i)really(i) visualize potential consequences for actions.
Robert. Oh, Robert. What a mess. I can't even imagine. He was totally set up by Elspeth (edie) from the get-go. I could really feel his remorse and sadness. I was mad at him, but could understand to a certain degree what he had gone through and the choices he made.
Elspeth. She thought she might get what she wanted, and remember, her children were kind of stolen from her. In the end, I think she'll be ok, but definitely not the "happily ever after" she wanted.
Glad that the sun started to come out for both Julia and Martin, though Julia was the character I liked the least, along with her mother, Edie (elspeth).
That said, don't know who I'd recommend it to because I don't know how they'd feel about it and I won't read it again. I tried to break down the plot to my hubby and he said, "That sounds complicated and depressing."
Well, yeah. Maybe. Still a cool ghost story.