This is a first novel, and well above average. The eerie atmosphere and the almost pathological build-up of the story suggest Wuthering Heights -- and there are moments of charm that will endear the book to the L. A. G. Strong enthusiasts. Against a setting of the moors and mountains and village life of Ireland is told a story of the link which bound two cousins, brought up together in childhood, by a devoted aunt and grandfather, separated through circumstances, and reunited with the failures of their marriages. The characters never quite take on reality, but are all of a piece with the setting. Unusual, and worth noting.