Maybe 2.5, because I like DM's writing. That is the reason why the story wasn't boring. But honestly I did not care about the characters nor the mystery. It was too dark. I don't understand the love Mary had for Jem, a dirty, rascal, untrustworthy guy, who resembled too much to his criminal brother. Her aunt was just a pale figure, very unhelpful, and Mary was a bit robotic maybe. Like I did not understand her fully. A so-so for me this time.