It's a classic for a reason & a lot different than what I expected! Riveting, cleverly-constructed Gothic fiction that also works as a mystery. Love the forms of text incorporated into the narrative. Underlying it are issues percolating around womanhood, female sexuality, & fear of Others. One of those interesting novels that is a compelling read despite the author's iffy politics (that was in view in full force in The Lair of the White Worm).