Sunday, January 12, 2014

This House Is Haunted by John Boyne

Book: This House is Haunted
Author: John Boyne
Narrator (if applicable):n/a

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: It is 1867 England and Eliza Caine has accepted a position as a governess to two children, Isabella and Eustace. Problem is that there are no other adults around. No house master, no one for her to report to. 

To boot, Something doesn't want her there and will do what is needed to ensure Eliza doesn't stay, either by her hand or its hands.  A series of terrifying experiences reiterate this fact to her.

Will Eliza uncover the secrets that haunt these children and have taken so many former governesses or become another victim?
My rating: 4 stars
My opinion: I love me some scary ghost stories and John Boyne has given readers a wonderful one. Characters so masterfully developed and a setting so gothic...who could ask for more?!?!  It had a Henry James' Turn of the Screw feeling to it. I enjoyed that Boyne kept some of the characters mysterious, particularly the children. One had to wonder if there was more to their story or if they were part of the secrets kept by the manor. Alas, it didn't keep that feeling, as it did wrap up nicely with feeling a bit cliched.

This is one to read with a hot cup of cocoa and a fire going in the fireplace! 

Source: Review for Doubleday
Would I recommend? : Oh yeah! Hands down, this is my favorite by this talented author.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

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