A collection of short thrillers that were originally published under a pseudonym offers insight into Alcott's diversity as a writer and includes the title story about an orphan's coming of age in a sinister house. Reprint. PW.
This story is quite different from Alcott's more poplular works--and even from the rest of her 'blood and thunder tales', that one wonders if this was not merely an excercise and not intended to be read by generations. The main flaw is in the ending, which seems a bit prosaic for such a dark work. It still has her flair for narrative and deep understanding of human nature, however and provides an excellent addition to any Alcott devotee.