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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    A great scary story for a late night

    Long Lankin
    Lindsey Barraclough
    YA Thirller
    Rating: PG-13 (for potentially scary content for some readers)
    Coffee Beans: 5/5
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.

    Publisher’s Summary
    A chilling, beautiful debut novel inspired by a haunting folk song about murder, witchcraft and revenge. Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss ...When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome, and are desperate to go back to London. But Auntie Ida's life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, and now her nieces' arrival has reawoken an evil that has lain waiting for years. A haunting voice in an empty room ...A strange, scarred man lurking in the graveyard ...A mysterious warning, scrawled on the walls of the abandoned church ...Along with Roger and Peter, two young village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries - before it is too late for Mimi. Intensely atmospheric and truly compelling, this is a stunning debut.
    My Review
    I’m never waiting this long to write a review for a book I love again. It was so good I thought I’d always remember about its detailed awesomeness, but I was wrong. Life intervened and I forgot most of what made this book great except for the blinding fact that it is great.
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I hardly ever get scared reading books. I’m more of a visual person when it comes to being scared. But Long Lankin broke that curse. I can’t even tell you how many times that book gave me goose bumps and just that all over creepy feeling. This is one of those books that I will recommend to everyone I come in contact with and it’s one that will be added to The Shelf.
    The story is told from the point of view of three different people: Cora, Roger, and Aunt Ida. Each adding different pieces of the puzzle to the eerie tale of Long Lankin and the old church in the Marshes. The point of view is mostly from Cora, with Roger coming up as a close second. Aunt Ida’s voice only makes an appearance when some especially creepy revelation needs to be made. But with all of these characters, even the ones whose voices we don’t hear, the reader is given a good, round sense of who they are and what they’re like as people.
    The setting is also what makes this story. 1940’s English countryside in a small town filled with small-minded people. A haunted church that’s half sunk into the marshes, ghostly children, a scary painting, doors and windows sealed shut (let me tell you, while I was reading this, all the doors and windows in our house were shut tight), a crazy aunt, witches…the list goes on.
    Be prepared for this, though: It’s a long book, and a heavy book. At 450 pages, don’t expect to just breeze through it. There’s a lot of history, names, events, etc that need to be kept track of. Half the time I felt like I needed to be taking notes to keep everything straight and to make sure I got the full impact of the storytelling.
    But it was worth it. I will for sure be reading this again.
    Happy Reading!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Long Lankin

    Creepy! That pretty much sums up this book for me. Those tales that your parents used to tell you to scare you into being good…what if they were real? What if they weren’t tales at all, and were in fact true, and just waiting for the right moment to present itself again?

    A story set in England, Long Langkin follows sisters, Cora and Mimi, as they journey to their Auntie Ida’s home to live while their father gets his life on track, and a mother who is not able to take proper care of them. Auntie Ida is not at all happy to see them show up on her doorstep, and does what she can to persuade their father to collect them and get them as far away from Guerdon Hall as possible.

    During their stay at Auntie Ida’s, Cora and Mimi are befriended by brothers Roger and Peter. Always looking for an adventure and as curious as children are, Roger and Peter take Cora and Mimi to a church that Auntie Ida has warned them not to set foot on. It is after their first visit to this church that things start becoming eerie. Something has stirred and is now craves what he has been waiting for, for decades…Mimi. Long Langkin is awake…and he’s hungry…

    I had pretty much reserved reading this book for late night thrills. Although it did seem to take a bit for the story to start to progress, there were points, even in the beginning, that gave me the heebie jeebies. The descriptions of the surroundings, of the noises that could be heard, the feelings of being watched, the fear, the worry…everything combined is what wrapped this story into an unforgettable package.

    The characters themselves were wonderfully written. Author, Lindsey Barraclough, really did a fantastic job writing in the point of view of multiple characters, of different age groups. Long Langkin is told through the eyes of mainly Cora, Roger, and Auntie Ida. Due to old letters that are found in the home, we are also treated to the POV of characters in the past, which helped in building more of the storyline. The Chapters are separated with dates, and the span of the story is pretty much 22 days. The point of view changes various times in the chapters, which allows the reader to see what is happening from different aspects. You would think that it would be quite confusing with the jumping around of POV’s but it was done seamlessly, efficiently titled as to whose POV we are reading.

    When the truly scary parts started to happen, I was in a trance. I couldn’t tear myself away from the pages! The descriptions of the hunter vs. the hunted was done so well. I was able to picture every little detail of what was happening! I was terrified for this group of characters! I was literally yelling at my book, telling them what to do, where to go…to hide, to run! Suffice to say, they did not heed my warnings. Long Langkin is definitely a nightmare come to life. The writing found within the pages of this book is incredible, and well worth the read.

    I also loved reading the sisterly love aspect of this book. Although it did annoy me to no end how mean Cora was to her little sister Mimi, when push comes to shove, your sister is your sister and you would do whatever it takes to save her.

    I recommend Long Langkin to fans of scary reads, and are definitely in need of some creep factor. If you want something that will have you start to question the sounds in the middle of the night, you definitely want to pick up this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Creeptastic!

    Wow, this book was creepy! I didn't think it'd be that scary since it's a YA novel, but it was. I feel like bricking up all of my windows, just to be safe. Do not read this book alone at night, whatever you do. Trust me. You will be sorry. Barraclough will trick you into thinking you're safe when you're really not. She does this repeatedly throughout the novel, yet somehow, you never learn. Don't say I didn't warn you.


    Long Lankin is one of those novels that gets into your head, and while you're reading it, the outside world disappears. I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters, and every single character was well-developed. Aunt Ida was a bit unsettling, to say the least, but most of the characters were quite enjoyable. Cora was a very intriguing and brave character. It was clear that she'd do anything for her little sister, Mimi. She never backed down, and she was willing to do what it took to save Mimi. Roger served as the comic relief, of sorts. I'm glad that someone was there to lighten the mood, or the book may have been to intense for me. Roger was a sweet kid, though, and I really enjoyed his and Cora's interactions.


    The plot was compelling, intriguing, and horrifying. This is one of those books that you can't put down, and even though some parts are scary, so you sit there making horrified faces at the book while you read, and hold the book as far away from your face as you can in order to "protect yourself" from it, you still can't put it down. That's the mark of a good horror story, if you ask me. I'm pretty sure my cat thought I was having some sort of facial muscle spasms/nervous twitches while I was reading this book. At least I read it during daylight hours.


    The pacing for this book was pretty spot on, but the ending did feel rushed. I felt like the entire ending could have been explained more and slowed down a bit. Overall, though, the pacing worked for me. I never felt like the story was dragging, and it only moved too quickly at the very end. The information was woven gracefully into the narrative, and I didn't feel like there weren't any massive info dumps to break up the flow of the story.


    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, even if it did creep me out. Barraclough is obviously a master of suspense, and she did a terrific job of alternating back and forth between giving the reader a false sense of security and scaring them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good scary story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    You will not be disapointed with this book. It is definitely wor

    You will not be disapointed with this book. It is definitely worth your time and money! Lindsey Barracloughs' first novel, Long Lankin, is a very iantriguing, suspensfull, horror book. The characters and the setting work beuitifully together allong with an old folk song that implies r murder, deception, and a haunting ghostly witch craft. It's scary, eerie, and all around interesting! I could picture almost the whole story like a movie in my head. Strangely, the book had a somewhat warm and cozy feeling to it that made me want to keep reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    This book had so much promise, but it began to fall apart about

    This book had so much promise, but it began to fall apart about halfway through. What began as a truly creepy, nail-biting story quickly turned into one so ridiculous and inane, I could barely bring myself to finish it. I'm only glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't waste any money in the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Worth reading

    I don't usually rate or review books online but this book is good! A little sad and definitely creepy. There aren't any crazy plot twists that you won't see coming, but the story moves nice and will keep you interested. My only issue was the author's heavy use of "British" vocabulary. I had to look a few words up to make sure I understood what was being said. Still, this is definitely worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A suspenseful and eerie tale rich with detail and imagery. Delig

    A suspenseful and eerie tale rich with detail and imagery. Delightfully different. Audiobook is very well done.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Loved this book. It was such a page turner. Excellent writing st

    Loved this book. It was such a page turner. Excellent writing style, made you really feel like you were there. Go out and buy this book!

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