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This house is haunted /

by Boyne, John.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Other Press, 2013Description: 291 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781590516799 (paperback) :; 1590516796 (paperback).Title notes: $14.95 prolam 3-2014 (db)Subject(s): Governesses -- Fiction | Family secrets -- Fiction | Haunted houses -- England -- East Anglia -- Fiction | Ghost stories, English -- 19th century -- Fiction | East Anglia (England) -- Fiction | England -- East Anglia | 1800 - 1899 | Ghost stories | Historical fiction | FictionSummary: 1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which 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.
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A Dickensian ghost story from the bestselling author of The Heart's Invisible Furies and A Ladder to the Sky <br> <br> "A wonderfully creepy novel...magnificently eerie." - The Observer <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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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1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which 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.

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After the sudden death of her beloved father, Eliza Caine makes the rash decision to leave her teaching position and become governess to two children at bleak Gaudlin Hall. Filled with horrifying circumstances, peculiar characters, and an enigmatic history, this novel, set in 1867, slowly unravels a tragic tale of love, sacrifice, and the supernatural. Alison Larkin's precise diction brings the genteel narrator to life, though listeners might be frustrated by Eliza's initial reticence to ask questions along with the continually furtive answers that she receives. Though the conduct is in keeping with the time period, modern listeners will have to keep this fact in mind. Many plotlines such as Eliza's budding feelings for the married solicitor are never thoroughly realized, interrupt the action and mood, and feel ancillary at best. VERDICT This is a supplementary purchase for most libraries, but it will be enjoyed by fans of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Henry James, and spooky stories. ["With well-drawn characters and surprising twists, this book will appeal to fans of horror and historical fiction as well as anyone who likes a good ghost story," read the review of the Doubleday hc, LJ 10/1/13.]-Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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