Comparisons to Hitchcock are on point, but this is much more the territory of Edgar Allan Poe with its blend of elements from the classic gothic, dark romanticism, science and pseudoscience, and the macabre with its inherent emphasis on psychological depth and emotional disconnections. Add to this the fact that Poe was, many scholars suggest, a man fond of absinthe...
At the same time, however, Moore proves himself a superb storyteller as well as skilled writer with an eye for subtlety and detail, a strong sense of atmosphere, and a master's touch with the rhythm of narrative. Was the ending a surprise? No. Did it matter at all? No. Moore makes the journey from beginning to end one well worth the effort.

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