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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
This was a great book - a true 19th century classic ghost story
Eliza's character was very well-developed and easy to like and she was such a strong woman for the time period. Not exactly a "modern", as they said in the book, but a woman who wasn't afraid to be a little more assertive and determined than most of that period.
The children were a little creepy - not Children of the Corn creepy - just a little off, although Eliza grows to care for them and doesn't go screaming into the night and abandon them when strange things begin to happen. The ending offered a twist I never saw coming, but it seemed appropriate.
I could easily have read this book in one sitting due to the pacing and suspense and would have preferred a dark, rainy night to do so - an ideal time to read ghost stories - but unfortunately wasn't able to do that. With Halloween coming, this is the perfect time to read a ghost story and if you prefer foggy, eerie, and ominous over blood, guts, and gore, this is the book for you.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
posted by tpolen on October 14, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
What I liked most about This House is Haunted, is how it combine
After her father’s dead, Eliza Caine moves to Norfolk to become a governess at Gaudlin Hall. She finds no parents, but just a young boy and girl in the large mansion, Isabella and Eustace. While she finds it strange, she suspects to meet the parents in the morning. At night, a strange occurence terrifies her, but she’s determined not to be scared off by it. However, when by morning there’s no sign of any parents, she decides to dig deeper into the mystery and find out what’s going on.
Her quest for the truth leads her to the revelation that several governesses have died before her in freak accident. When strange things happen all around her, and her life gets threatened, Eliza must make a choice: stay and get to the bottom of the mystery, even if it means she may end up dead, or flee back to London.
So we got a bunch of known tropes: the hidden presence in the house, the madwoman, the governess, the scary children, the large mansion, ghosts, a town refusing to speak about a town secret, dreary atmosphere.
The lack of original elements bothered me a bit, and brought the rating down for me. I wanted something original, not just a blatant rip-off of the old classics. Not to saying this is just a rip-off – it has a great premise, the writing is excellent, and the children were deliciously scary – but it felt too much like something I’d already read to be truly intriguing. In that context it reminded me of The Secrets of Crickley Hall by James Herbert, except that the latter had a lot more original elements woven in, which made it more entertaining for me.
A great read if you’re a fan of ghost sotries, like I am.
posted by eternalised on October 31, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2013
I have waited a long time for a deliciously, shivery intellectua
I have waited a long time for a deliciously, shivery intellectual ghost story that allows the reader to enjoy the ride - without the blood/gore/crassness of modern horror. And this is a novel that uses the English language without the ponderousness of Dickens! I was hooked from the first chapter, and though tempted to check the ending early, I resisted and enjoyed the ride tremendously.
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Posted December 19, 2014
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Posted March 9, 2014
Posted November 3, 2013
While this has the feel of a book written during Dickensonian times, it reads like a modern tale, where the story flows at a good pace and keeps you hooked. It is a great ghost story for those who like a more traditional type, not a repeat of the latest Hollywood fare.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2014
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Posted December 7, 2013
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