Summary

Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic 19-century ghost story. Set in Norfolk in 1867, Eliza Caine responds to an ad for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall.
When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation.
Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin's walls. Eliza realizes that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall's long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.
Clever, captivating, and witty, This House Is Haunted is pure entertainment with a catch.
©2013 John Boyne (P)2013 Tantor
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"A perfect, shivery gothic tale." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Ann von Radowitz on 22-01-18

Unusually good ghost story

I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons: it contains surprises, twists and turns and keeps the reader enthralled. It entertained me so well during a long drive to and from Norfolk that the journey went in a flash. The narration is good and the plot, although borrowing a little from "The Turn of the Screw" contained enough elements unconnected with that story to make it original enough. I can recommend this, having read a good many ghost stories which I believe are very difficult to write.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 16-03-17

Brilliant Victorian Gothic Novel

I absolutely loved this book. John Boyne is incredibly talented and diverse in his styles. This felt very much like reading a Henry James (yes it's a tiny bit like Turn of the screw but that's no bad thing) but it was much more accessible. Beautiful, atmospheric and entertaining. Frustrated that others have marked it down because it isn't the same as Crippen! It's an entirely different book, deliberately written like a Victorian ghost story. Boyne is fast becoming my favourite author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dorothy on 24-03-14

Well Read - Not Very Scary, Had Promise

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Alison Larkin is a delight. She was perfect and the main reason I kept going. The story begins quite deliciously. The sightings and hints of ghosts have great promise, but we never hear of these initial ghostly appearances again. The actual haunting seemed heavily influenced by special efffects in Hollywood movies, which was a shame. It was easy to figure out who the ghosts were and this took away from the chilling effect. I also think the main character's stoic, resigned, not very scared acceptance of her situation was over played. The children were creepy. However, as I said at the beginning of this review, Ms. Larkin was delightful and perfect so,I kept listening. She makes the credit well worth it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By John S. on 23-01-15

Scary? No

So-So Victorian period piece, but no thriller. Author was trying for "Turn of the Screw" but ended up with something closer to a Movie of the Week script instead.

Narrator did the best she could with the material, so no knock on her performance here.

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