Unfortunately I was disappointed in this book. I had many, many high hopes for it after reading and watching so many rave reviews. The writing was phenomenal, and after the first 100 pages or so, I fell into the English countryside and was devouring the book in large chunks. That is where my positive experience ends. I was expecting a creepy book with a Gothic setting, plot twists and turns that would keep me awake at night and a thrilling conclusion. Instead I received a plot that moved slowly, with characters that I didn't like and an unsatisfying ending. After thinking over this novel for a few days, I still cannot determine the motives of the doctor (whose name I even can’t remember) which I believe was a larger portion of the book than what has otherwise been suggested. Overall I wouldn't recommend this book to others but I am going to keep reading other Sarah Waters books.