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Opportunity for greater depth wasn't fulfilled
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017
Hoffman has a real knack for creating an atmospheric setting for her stories and this series of stories is no exception. I could almost feel the sharp salt air of the remote location on the Cape where this house stood and gained ever more richness over the years. Each set of occupants experienced its almost unearthly quality and added more layers, like coats of paint and wallpaper building up even while the house decayed. Some of the stories stood alone, some were connected, and I was happy to sink into the unfolding history of this farm and its people. Unfortunately, the ending just sort of faded away instead of tying anything up. I thought there might have been an effort to come full circle with the presentation of the last two characters introduced, but it wasn't very satisfying and I was left feeling like the author just got tired of writing and stopped.