This "gothic" novel was published in 1864. I had never heard of the author and this book is rarely read today. The first and last parts of the book were enjoyable, but the middle lagged in suspense. Maud is the heroine although she doesn't do much in the book to justify that title. She does stand up a few times and I cheered her on. Most of the time she is an observer telling us what other people were doing. She does describe some especially creepy characters in chilling detail. These include Madame and Dudley. The book is not as well-written as The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I gave it three stars because the book was wordy and the middle was boring. If you can muddle through that part, the ending is great.