In this spine-tingling tale, a girl fights to save her home and her life from a mysterious stranger. Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of her home, a secluded mansion called Brightwood Hall. But only Brightwood is real for Daisyshe’s never once set foot outside its grounds. Daisy and her mother have everything they need within Brightwood’s magnificent, half-ruined walls, including Daisy’s best friends: a talking rat named Tar and the ghost of a long-ago explorer who calls herself Frank. When Daisy’s mother leaves one morning, a peculiar visitor, James Gritting, arrives on the estate, claiming to be a distant cousin. But as the days tick by and Daisy’s mother doesn’t return, Gritting becomes more and more menacing. He wants Brightwood for himself, and he will do anything to get it. Tania Unsworth takes readers on a twisting, heart-pounding journey through dark corridors and wild woods to a place where the line between imagination and madness is sometimes hard to find.
About the Author
The daughter of the late novelist Barry Unsworth, Tania Unsworth spent her childhood in Cambridge, UK, before moving to America in her early twenties. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons. She’s the author of The One Safe Place. Her website is www.taniaunsworth.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Brightwood, Tania Unsworth spins a bone-chilling mystery novel about a Daisy Fitzjohn. Daisy Fitzjohn has never stepped outside of the safety of her home called Brightwood, staying only with her mom. When Daisy's mother does not return from a shopping trip, Daisy is left alone and a stranger begins to creep around the mansion. What made this novel stand out the most was its main characters. As someone who has minimal contact with people other than her mom, Daisy has created many imaginary friends that guide her. Daisy is a clever and strong character for a 10-year-old, never frustrating me as many young characters do. On the other hand, Daisy’s mom—Caroline—is extremely scared of losing things after a terrible accident during her childhood. I felt as if each of the characters had a quirk that could be explained through other events in the book. The quirks made sense, they were not unrealistic stretches of fiction. I would recommend Brightwood to adventurous children in the 3rd-6th grades. The writing is not too complex or elaborate, but it is descriptive enough to paint a vivid story. As a 15-year-old, the book was an easy read for me, but it was not boring; it kept me thrilled from start to finish. Amanda T., age 15, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa