by John Boyne

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

After her father's sudden death, Eliza Caine must leave London and make her own way in the world.  She accepts a governess position at Gaudlin Hall, but when she arrives, she is shocked to discover that her two charges are alone in the large mansion-there are no adults or household staff, and the children answered the door themselves.  After a terrifying encounter in her bedroom at night, she is determined to discover what happened to the children's parents.  However, the townspeople are silent about Gaudlin's past, even when it is clear to Eliza that the house is haunted by a malovelent force.

Now, I'll be honest with you-I'm not a horror person.  Jurassic Park​ was plenty scary enough for me and gore makes me dizzy like a corseted Victorian.  So, for those of you looking for something to scare your pants off (and you've already read everything Stephen King has to offer), this might seem a bit too mild.  But for you readers looking for a creepy gothic ghost story that will still let you sleep through the night, this one's for you.  And for you Jane Eyre fans?  Snatch this book up, because it's got the same eerie feeling.

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