For books that cover similar ground, I liked this more than [b:The Forgotten Garden|3407877|The Forgotten Garden|Kate Morton|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327910234s/3407877.jpg|3448086], but less than [b:The Children's Book|6280379|The Children's Book|A.S. Byatt|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320548114s/6280379.jpg|5768221]. The Children's Book at least demonstrated that Olive was a convincing writer; in this book, the extracts of Vida Winter's stories did not. I did enjoy Vida's 'true' story, which had some atmosphere and a reasonably interesting mystery element. As a riff on Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights it didn't add much by way of new perspectives.