2014: 84. This House is Haunted

I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father.

This House is Haunted, John Boyne

As you may have guessed from the title, this is a ghost story.  I bought it with a gift certificate I had, in order to read something spooky before Halloween, and this absolutely scratched that itch. It's certainly not earth-shattering, or a Pulitizer Prize winner, but if you are looking for a well-written spooky tale, this absolutely fits the bill.

It's set in 1867 - Eliza Caine is an only child whose father has just died.  On somewhat of a whim, she gives up her home in London to take a position as a governess at Gaudlin Hall.  But when she arrives she learns she wasn't hired by the master of the house, but rather by the previous governess fleeing the scene.  Indeed, no adults are to be found at all - just two children and a mysterious set of circumstances…  

So, yes, shades of the The Turn of the Screw.  But it's a pretty good ghost tale (nice sordid backstory, for sure), and if you're in the mood for that sort of things, this one would do.  The one quibble I have (and I think I actually got this from an Amazon review, as I was picking out my ghost story, so tip of the hat to whomever thought of this first), is that the title is no fun - it gives away the whole thing.  I mean, obviously the house is haunted, but you'd like to be a little surprised by it. g

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017