Overall, this is a pretty good book with the elements of a Victorian romance firmly in place and spiced with added gothic overtones. That said, the slow pacing did not allow for the building of tension that makes a good mystery romance such a fun read. I also felt that the plot twist was a bit too obvious to create any real sense of surprise when it was finally revealed and there were a few times when I found some serious challenges to logic as the story rolled along.
For the most part, I liked the characters and felt that the premise was fairly original with a satisfactory ending. There was one scene between Clare and Atticus that I found to be particularly poignant as he pleads for Clare to see him as he is. I won't say anything more than that, but it found that scene to be heartbreaking and indicative of what is surely the author's developing talent.
It certainly not the best gothic-lite romance I've ever read but then it is far from the worst.