Saskia Kreis is a former piano prodigy that left home to pursue another career path. She returns home to Milwaukee after her mother's unexpected death. She expected to inherit the family estate, the Elf House. However, she is dismayed to learn that her mother bequeathed the Elf House to man that Saskia had a complicated relationship with. As Saskia tries to come to terms with her mother's wishes, she is forced to reexamine her past and come to terms with the relationship that changed her life's trajectory.
I was expecting so much more when I was reading this book. At first, I thought it was going to be a gothic thriller or maybe like Henry James "The Portrait of a Lady". Instead, it was more like the #MeToo movement and the realization of a toxic relationship. I guess I had a hard time enjoying this book because it was very boring and Saskia wasn't a very likeable character. I feel like if the the author spent more time on the story line than with random details, perhaps I would have enjoyed the story more. I also felt like the ending came out of nowhere after being rather subdued for the entire book.