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ISBN13: 9781590516799
ISBN10: 1590516796
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Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic nineteenth-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.

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"In 1867 England, 21-year-old Eliza Caine is left completely alone in the world when her father suddenly takes ill and dies. In a fit of melancholia, she responds to an advertisement for a governess to care for a pair of children in the wilds of Norfolk. When she receives a positive response, Eliza realizes that her life is about to undergo a cataclysmic change: she has never been out of London, she has never been a governess, and she knows nothing about Gaudlin Hall — which turns out to be an imposing pile of a building, spine-chillingly odd, unsettling, and spooky — or her new employers. Drawing sometimes excessively on Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, and the works of Wilkie Collins and Dickens, Boyne (The House of Special Purpose) creates a subtle, satisfying tale of ghostly terror." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of seven novels for adults and two for children. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas won two Irish Book Awards, was short-listed for the British Book Award, reached number one on the New York Times best sellers list, and was made into an award-winning Miramax feature film. His novels are published in more than forty languages. He lives in Dublin.

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Dieveney, October 21, 2013 (view all comments by Dieveney)
Just in time for Halloween, John Boyne’s spooky Dickensian thriller is perfect reading for spooky autumn evenings. Eliza Caine has no idea what’s in store for her when she accepts a position as governess at mysterious Gaudlin Hall after the tragic death of her father. The horrors begin immediately upon her arrival and continue at a persistent pace while Eliza desperately searches for answers. Full of suspense, chilling encounters, tight lipped villagers, creepy children, and old fashioned horrors, This House in Haunted will keep you thrilled and entertained.
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The Lost Entwife, October 13, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
I'm a huge fan of gothic mysterious tales. From classics by the Bronte sisters to more modern day gothic tales written by authors like Kate Morton, I admit to being an absolute sucker for them. So it was with absolute glee that I requested access to This House is Haunted by John Boyne. Let me tell you right now, I was not disappointed. I laughed and loved every single minute of this story - and I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to truly scary stories so let me assure you that this one is not your typical run-of-the-mill ghost story.

This House is Haunted is what would happen if Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, and Wilkie Collins all got together and created a story-baby. Throw in a bit of modern sensibilities through the use of incredibly witty writing and you will have this brilliant, fun book by John Boyne. I thoroughly enjoyed having a heroine who not only recognized her plain looks ... but repeatedly made reference to them in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. I loved the old-fashioned language, the poking fun at various customs, but also the independence of young Eliza Caine as she tries to ferret out just what is going on with her new employer.

Boyne draws heavily from Jane Eyre, and I think anyone will recognize that story as being a primary influence on This House is Haunted - but he twists the story a bit. I'd be interested to see a companion book or sequel, however, similar to Wide Sargasso Sea, to get the other side of the story. A bit of mystery, a bit of ghost, some twists that you can see coming but, still, make the story one that is thoroughly enjoyable - all of this is contained within the pages of Boyne's gothic ghost story.

So what are you waiting for? When is the last time you were both intrigued, mystified, and amused by a gothic story? Never? Well then - pick up This House is Haunted by John Boyne. I think this book might just be my favorite of the month.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590516799
Author:
Boyne, John
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Ghost
Subject:
Horror - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131008
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.89 in 0.775 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1867 England, 21-year-old Eliza Caine is left completely alone in the world when her father suddenly takes ill and dies. In a fit of melancholia, she responds to an advertisement for a governess to care for a pair of children in the wilds of Norfolk. When she receives a positive response, Eliza realizes that her life is about to undergo a cataclysmic change: she has never been out of London, she has never been a governess, and she knows nothing about Gaudlin Hall — which turns out to be an imposing pile of a building, spine-chillingly odd, unsettling, and spooky — or her new employers. Drawing sometimes excessively on Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, and the works of Wilkie Collins and Dickens, Boyne (The House of Special Purpose) creates a subtle, satisfying tale of ghostly terror." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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