Long Lankin

Long Lankin

by Lindsey Barraclough


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ISBN-13: 9780763669379
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 351,036
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lindsey Barraclough was born in Essex, England, and has worked as a music teacher. Long Lankin is her first novel. She lives in London.

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Long Lankin 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
RaeLynn_Fry More than 1 year ago
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!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Bellydancer on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt Ida in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon. But Aunt Ida is not keen to have the girls stay with her and is desperate to send them back to London. Cora wanders why the windows and doors are always bolted shut, and discovers that Aunt Ida's life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall; she is just trying to keep them safe, But safe from what?. As Cora explorer the big old house she finds haunting voice in an empty room. She meets two local boys Roger and Peter, like Cora they are interested in finding out the old mystery that surrounds the graveyard and house. Together they uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries but hey need to beware of Long Lankin, who lives in the moss.This is Stephen King for teenagers ¿. It is superbly written and had me on the edge of the seat, I loved the retelling of the folk song intertwining witchcraft, murder and the story of revenge.
bacillicide on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
Thanks to netgalley for the copy!This is an interesting book. I love horror that stretches back into history, and this is one of those. The story was awesome! It had quite a few creepy parts, Long Lankin is definitely deserving of being creep of the year (I also love long, lanky monsters though they're nothing new) and there were quite a few startling moments, though not a lot of suspense until the end. I'm especially fond of the part where Cora looks out the window and sees Lankin in the yard. It wasn't terribly scary for me, but for us older folks that's to be expected, it's geared to a younger audience and I think it'd be quite frightening for preteens. My main beef with this story is the point of view shifting so much. Sometimes it would shift two or three times in a page, which is really distracting, and sometimes I either have to double check who "I" is, or guess based on context, which can get annoying. Really, with the amount of times the author changes narrators it would have been more successful to have just done it in third person. There's also a few times the author slips into a scene that takes place in the past with little warning and it's a bit disorientating and jarring. Overall though, I think it was worth the read, but you're also not missing anything in particular by skipping it over. Not bad though!
elliepotten on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
This amazing debut novel opens with the ballad of Long Lankin - a tale of murder, witchcraft and supernatural menace that immediately sets the tone of the story to come. Cora and her little sister Mimi aren't exactly thrilled when they're sent to live with their great-Auntie Ida at the creepy old Guerdon Hall, but with their mother falling apart and their father unable to cope they have little choice in the matter. Things get even worse when they arrive on her doorstep and are met with a barrage of threats, warnings, rules and the bitter knowledge that she wants them gone as soon as humanly possible.But what Cora doesn't know is that there is a dark evil lurking in Bryers Guerdon - an evil that has been haunting the village for hundreds of years and has ripped her family apart down the generations. Why are the children forbidden from visiting the old church, and who is the man in black in the graveyard? Why do all the doors and windows have to be kept permanently locked, and what are the long scratches marking more than one local door? Together with her new friends Roger and Pete, Cora must uncover the mystery of Bryers Guerdon before it's too late for her little sister - maybe even for them all...Although this is a young adult book, for me it bordered on Stephen King-esque in the way it preyed on my mind and used psychological thrills to build tension. In some ways it reminded me of the film 'Signs'. You know, the one with Mel Gibson and the alien threat and the crop circles? You weren't sure what was happening, but you knew it was evil, you knew it was out there - and you knew that sooner or later it was coming for you. Barraclough excels at building unbearable fear in the reader using tantalising clues, a slow reveal of the truth, and terrifying glimpses of the menace on the marshes, skilfully bringing the whole story to a macabre and gritty climax in the inevitable final encounter between Lankin and the last of the long-suffering Guerdons. I can't recommend this highly enough. It is an outstanding first novel that had me absolutely gripped, weaving a complex tale that spanned centuries yet never felt dull or over-written. It captures post-war rural England beautifully, and has a refreshing thread of humour through it that owes much to Barraclough's wonderful eye for the little things children say and do that always make adults smile! The Long Lankin ballad is a haunting theme that preys on our deepest fears, and I raced to the end of the book, heart pounding in my chest, winding up absolutely exhausted, weeping, as I finished the final chapter. Read it!
teresa1953 on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
This is a terrific debut novel by new children's author Lindsey Barraclough. Set in the late 1950s, it tells the tale of two young sisters, Cora and Mimi, who are sent to stay with their Great Aunt Ida whilst their Mother is indisposed.Probably aimed at children of 11 years and above, the story is atmospheric and suitably scary. The big, old house in an isolated village in Essex, is frightening and stiflingly hot. Cora, the eldest girl, wonders why the windows are all nailed shut and they are forbidden to go down to the old churchyard.After befriending two local boys, Roger and Pete, the reasons become much clearer. Cora learns about the legend of Long Lankin who feeds on the blood of young children.....told you it was scarey didn't I? It becomes apparent that Mimi's life is in danger, but, of course, the children have to go down to the old churchyard to find out for themselves!Being of "a certain age" and growing up in the 1950s and 60s, I particularly liked the references to times past and can easily see children asking their grandparents all about "Fairy Snow" and "Spangles".Told alternately by Cora and Roger, with an occasional narrative by Aunt Ida, this tale has been lovingly researched and written and there are several historic references too.I thank the publishers and nbm for sending me this novel for review.....higly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously one of the worst books I ever read!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I listened to this on audio and I listened carefully – I really did. I thought the accent of the narrator and the speed in which she read really affected this novel. I did enjoy her accent but I would have enjoyed the novel much more had she slowed down so I could fully understand everything she said. Nevertheless, I felt that the story was slow in parts and other times, I enjoyed the novel and the mysteries it brought with it. The ending was the best part of the whole novel. The story centers on two small girls being sent to their Aunt Ida’s house which the girls realize is actually a mansion that is haunted. I thought the aunt was mean and very strict with the girls. I had to wonder at times, if things were actually happening in the novel or if the girl’s imaginations were getting the best of them. The girls were new to the house and weren’t familiar with their surroundings plus the girls were young and their imaginations were wild. I felt sorry for the girls as they eavesdropped on other’s conversations, for they heard what other’s thought of them. I am glad that they at least had each other. I would like to actually read this novel in the future as I feel that I missed part of the novel while listening to the audio of it. I felt that I was concentrating too hard on what was being said by the narrator to fully appreciate this novel.
pjg380 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a creepy book to read and I found it here! I found it hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was refreshing and imaginative; the time period was perfect and it really was creepy. Definitely recommend this!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful and eerie tale rich with detail and imagery. Delightfully different. Audiobook is very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!