Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Books that are set way-back-when are always quite hard to do convincingly. You have a vague idea of how people might talk and write, but translating that to paper is another matter entirely. This story does it quite well but can be a little cliche at times. A (female) doctor begins her search for her father (also a doctor) who set off on a journey to explore illnesses and maladies of the mind. Hence the whole story is set around his slow descent into madness and his daughter's desperate attempts to find him and cure him.
It does get a little repetitive at times. She and her two servants travel to a village or town or city. Meet one of her father's old friends, who mention his odd behaviour. The daughter shrugs it off and they continue onto the next city where the cycle begins again. Towards the end she loses the two servants. One in particular seems to be cast aside by the author who obviously has no more use for her, but it does feel a bit cold. Especially as she and her mistress have been through so much together. The ending seems rushed. The conclusion is done within a few chapters. I won't say what happens for fear of spoiling it, but I don't think enough was given to it.
If you like books that are set centuries ago, which are also fictional, you will probably enjoy this.
File under: Kelligrafie, book review, The Book Of Madness And Cures, Regina O'Melveny