At first I wasn't that interested in where the storyline was taking me. Maud the innocent daughter of Austin Ruthyn has a nutty French governess with ulterior motives. And of course there is a will and lots of land with money. But when Austin dies suddenly and Maud is sent to live with her Uncle Silas the story begins to really gather steam. We find out that Silas has been implicated in the past for murder, and his behavior and family are incredibly odd.There house is remote and every character around is the strangest that can be imagined. So what is a Victorian innocent such as Maud to do? Her lack of power and resources as a ward of Uncle Silas makes for a twisty, suspenseful story.