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What drew me to this particular book was the fact that the author chose to base the story on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. Having read many of Poe's stories, not to mention also having this book arrive after all the COVID lock downs, I was curious about what the author would do with this idea.

AND I have to say, I wasn't disappointed with most of the book. The characterization was well done with settings and events that were cleverly portrayed. Mara Rutherford, the author has a way of carefully captivating her audience and drawing them into the book. It was so easy to get caught up into the two different stories that ended up coming together.

Later events were totally unexpected; they take the story, that seemed somewhat believable, to a place that surprised me very much. I'm honestly a bit puzzled by the need for this turn, but okay, while not what I thought was a great choice, it was the author's idea of where it should go.

I'd say this is a 3 star book. While it was well written, the unexpected turn was the deciding factor for a lower rating.