This House is Haunted by John Boyne

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Boyne saves a nice surprise for the last word of the novel, but otherwise, this is not edge-of-your-seat scary.
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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.
 

About John Boyne

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JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of six novels for adults. His first novel for children, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award, and has been made into a film. His novels are published in over 30 languages. He lives in Dublin. OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star (HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages.

























Author Residence: Dublin OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star (HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages. To learn more about him and his work, please visit OliverJeffers.com.
 
Published October 8, 2013 by Other Press. 301 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 04 2013

Boyne saves a nice surprise for the last word of the novel, but otherwise, this is not edge-of-your-seat scary.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Josh Ritter on Oct 25 2013

Surely the sturdy, time-tested plot at the center of “This House Is Haunted” has often shown itself to be a worthy trap door, pulling readers into terrifying, macabre worlds of decadence and decay.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on May 18 2013

This magnificently eerie novel...takes us on a skilful journey through fear, showing not only how fear is created, but how it might be overcome.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Erin Hart on Oct 12 2013

“This House Is Haunted” gathers momentum right up to the stunning denouement, and ends with one word that serves as an icy finger down the spine.

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