Booklist Review
Boccacino's Victorian gothic features a shadowy world hovering between the living and the dead. After the mysterious death of Nanny Prum, governess Charlotte Markham takes charge of the motherless Darrow boys, while their father, Henry Darrow, plays the role of the brooding, mysterious figure in the background. When Charlotte and her charges stumble into The Ending the place for things that cannot die they meet the late Lily Darrow and are irrevocably drawn into the eerie and enchanting house of Darkling. When Charlotte realizes that a horrifying price is to be exacted by Mr. Whately, the master of the house of Darkling, she joins forces with Henry to save the boys and, ultimately, herself from the grips of a sinister game of life and death. Fantasy and fact blur as Boccacino excels in twisting and turning the plot in increasingly unexpected directions. Perfect reading for a dark and stormy night.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2010 Booklist