Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell, Matt Godfrey

Sister and her strong-willed niece Miriam formed an unhappy household, always on edge, cringing beneath the lowering cloud of their individual secrets. Sister would not admit, even to Miriam, that she no longer loved her husband—that indeed she dreaded even his infrequent brief visits. Miriam would not declare open hostility toward her mother for fear that she would somehow be crushed by Elinor’s superior knowledge of strategy and experience in combat.

Oh, these people are just ... vicious.