Schwab’s writing is lush and descriptive. The detail never felt unnecessary but heightens the emotions of the scenes. The prose is not to be rushed through. The languid pacing provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world and relish the rich language. The timeline of the book goes between the 1700s and present, but each section further develops Addie and makes me fall more in love with her as a character. The devil character is charming and sinister, which makes his interactions with Addie tense and exquisite.
This was a story I never wanted to end. I was desperate to keep reading because it was enthralling, but I also wanted to savor every moment. Fans of Erin Morgenstern are sure to love this as well as The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.