This book is about a young man Edwin, who is betrothed to a young lady Rosa, who is also an orphan. They have been betrothed to each other since they were children and they have always just accepted that they would eventually marry.
The mystery is that Edwin disappears in the book, never to return. (The introduction to the book by another writer talks all about his disappearance, so I figured it wasn't a big deal to state it here.)
To add to the plot, Edwin's uncle Jasper has intentions towards young Rosa as well and Rosa feels particularly menaced by these intentions.
As with other Charles Dickens books I have read, I have found this one hard to read. I've always found his run-on sentences to be difficult to follow and the choice of words hard to understand. Having said that, Charles Dickens is worthwhile to read - he is one of our great authors of the world. So if you have a desire to read a mystery - check this one out.
Rating: 7 / 10
Publisher: Oxford University Press