I've enjoyed this series, but this latest installment just feels like a bit of a miss. Gabriel and Virginia are both complex and interesting characters, but they come across less favorably than I expected. The shared death and assigned blame of a mutual beloved friend and brother sets up a worthy conflict for the characters to resolve. Yet, it isn't satisfying. Both are wish-washy in different ways and the story plods.I attribute it to all the internal dialogue that was used to justify the character actions rather than allowing them to stand and trusting readers to understand their motivations. The overarching series conflict is inching to a close, presumably with the final sibling's (Celia's) book. No great revelations here, but groundwork is clearly set for the finale.A worthy afternoon's reading for Halstead Hall fans, but others might be disappointed.