I kept forgetting this novel was written in the 1930s. The story unfolds gradually but it creates tension. There's so much to it--it's a mystery, a gothic horror, a creep fest, a coming of age story, and a romance--it's a juicy story! I liked the atmosphere. I liked the twists! I liked how the main character developed through the story--really blossoming from a shrinking violet to a bold rose. I liked the interplay between the secondary characters. I didn't like the overwrought analysis of the main character--she would play out long imaginary scenarios and conversations. This classic has definitely influenced the genre!