[PDF/EBOOK] This House Is Haunted by John Boyne

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Of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctorIt is the start of a journey into a worl. I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father So begins John Boyne s gothic tale of a young woman Eliza Crane suddenly alone in mid 1800s London Orphaned at twenty one and forced to leave home she answers a rather cryptic advertisement for a governess position in a mansion Gaudlin Hall in NorfolkA brooding house a series of mishaps unanswered ueries and the non appearance of the parents make for a puzzling arrival for Eliza not to mention the two sweet but precocious children she is to educate This is always the good start to a gothic tale in my opinion ie gothic as opposed to horror A good gothic tale combines the uncanny and a pleasing sort of terror melodrama and parody are other long standing features of Gothic literature paraphrased from GoodreadsCould there be a malevolent presence that inhabits the house along with Eliza and the children Isabella and Eustace something that seems want to be rid of Eliza She s stunned to discover that another someone is also living at the mansion a person about whom she has heard little Eliza is likewise horrified when she finally hears the fate of the five governesses who have preceded her The story gets deliciously creepy when she resolves to leave for London and take the children with herJohn Boyne appears to be able to turn his hand to writing about pretty much any subject in uite a few genres His excellence in storytelling and great literature is evident in This House is Haunted A satisfying gothic tale filled with uncanny moments dark mansions and mounting drama 4 Fire and Desire unanswered The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox ueries and the non appearance of the parents make for a puzzling arrival for Eliza not to mention the two sweet but precocious children she is to educate This is always the good start to a gothic tale in my opinion ie gothic as opposed to horror A good gothic tale combines the The Illusionists uncanny and a pleasing sort of terror melodrama and parody are other long standing features of Gothic literature paraphrased from GoodreadsCould there be a malevolent presence that inhabits the house along with Eliza and the children Isabella and Eustace something that seems want to be rid of Eliza She s stunned to discover that another someone is also living at the mansion a person about whom she has heard little Eliza is likewise horrified when she finally hears the fate of the five governesses who have preceded her The story gets deliciously creepy when she resolves to leave for London and take the children with herJohn Boyne appears to be able to turn his hand to writing about pretty much any subject in Planet of the Bugs uite a few genres His excellence in storytelling and great literature is evident in This House is Haunted A satisfying gothic tale filled with Fishes of the Open Ocean uncanny moments dark mansions and mounting drama 4

Summary This House Is Haunted

This House Is Haunted

1867 On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall As she makes her way across the station platform a pair. What do you get if you mix Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw with a dash of Jane Eyre and a pinch of Dickens The answer is This House is Haunted a gloriously gothic confection revolving around you ll never guess a haunted house This actually IS a haunted house too not some metaphorical type of haunting although there s also an element of humour to the proceedings which serves to set this story apart from the many historical ghost stories it could be compared toIn 1867 a young woman Eliza Caine is bereft after the death of her beloved father With no other family no friends to turn to and she believes no prospects of marriage Eliza replies to an advertisement for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall a grand country pile in Norfolk When she arrives there it uickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong the locals are hostile the children she s in charge of are left to fend for themselves and nobody will tell her where their parents are Worse still a series of inexplicable incidents force her to the conclusion that there is a malevolent spirit present in the house Unwilling to abandon the children Eliza sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery and fear surrounding Gaudlin Hall but to do so she must put her life at riskThe book both pokes fun at and pays homage to the classics it references I particularly liked the secrecy surrounding the Westerley family and how the village conspires to cover up the truth At times the behaviour of the characters Eliza s naivety in the face of extremely obvious indications that something supernatural is going on the way everyone changes the subject whenever the topic of the children s parents comes up Alfred Raisin s dismissal of the previous governesses concerns despite the fact that almost all of them ended up dead verges on parody but not in a bad way I know this is a completely inappropriate comparison but the village in this book reminded me a lot of the comedy film Hot Fuzz a spoof of cop movies which I watched recently Sounds odd but there s the same sense that the story is joyfully sending up all the clich s habitually present in its source material in a very affectionate way Similarly Eliza s character is both genuinely admirable she constantly rails against the way women are sidelined by society and parodic her romantic daydreams about every attractive man she meets It s obvious that the author s tongue was lodged firmly in his cheek when writing this book and that sense of humour makes it all the enjoyable to readThe light touch to the narrative means that the predictable twists and silly bits inevitable components of a ghost story work well if you know you re reading something that s not entirely serious you re not likely to worry about how much you need to suspend your disbelief At the same time Eliza is likeable and believable enough that you do truly care what happens to her the book is engaging sometimes extremely creepy and definitely has substance to it than a mere pastiche Speaking as a big fan of ghost stories I really enjoyed This House is Haunted and if you share my passion for this type of book you need to get it on your to read list Fishes of the Open Ocean up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall As she makes her way across the station platform a pair. What do you get if you mix Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw with a dash of Jane Eyre and a pinch of Dickens The answer is This House is Haunted a gloriously gothic confection revolving around you ll never guess a haunted house This actually IS a haunted house too not some metaphorical type of haunting although there s also an element of humour to the proceedings which serves to set this story apart from the many historical ghost stories it could be compared toIn 1867 a young woman Eliza Caine is bereft after the death of her beloved father With no other family no friends to turn to and she believes no prospects of marriage Eliza replies to an advertisement for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall a grand country pile in Norfolk When she arrives there it Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong the locals are hostile the children she s in charge of are left to fend for themselves and nobody will tell her where their parents are Worse still a series of inexplicable incidents force her to the conclusion that there is a malevolent spirit present in the house Unwilling to abandon the children Eliza sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery and fear surrounding Gaudlin Hall but to do so she must put her life at riskThe book both pokes fun at and pays homage to the classics it references I particularly liked the secrecy surrounding the Westerley family and how the village conspires to cover Grass, Sky, Song up the truth At times the behaviour of the characters Eliza s naivety in the face of extremely obvious indications that something supernatural is going on the way everyone changes the subject whenever the topic of the children s parents comes Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos up Alfred Raisin s dismissal of the previous governesses concerns despite the fact that almost all of them ended The Illusionists up dead verges on parody but not in a bad way I know this is a completely inappropriate comparison but the village in this book reminded me a lot of the comedy film Hot Fuzz a spoof of cop movies which I watched recently Sounds odd but there s the same sense that the story is joyfully sending O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up all the clich s habitually present in its source material in a very affectionate way Similarly Eliza s character is both genuinely admirable she constantly rails against the way women are sidelined by society and parodic her romantic daydreams about every attractive man she meets It s obvious that the author s tongue was lodged firmly in his cheek when writing this book and that sense of humour makes it all the enjoyable to readThe light touch to the narrative means that the predictable twists and silly bits inevitable components of a ghost story work well if you know you re reading something that s not entirely serious you re not likely to worry about how much you need to suspend your disbelief At the same time Eliza is likeable and believable enough that you do truly care what happens to her the book is engaging sometimes extremely creepy and definitely has substance to it than a mere pastiche Speaking as a big fan of ghost stories I really enjoyed This House is Haunted and if you share my passion for this type of book you need to get it on your to read list

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D of abandoned children unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin’s wal. No update reuired on 2nd reading 5stars just a fab ghost story with a brilliant protagonistOriginal review This is what I would call a good old traditional ghost story Large austere house checkTragic circumstances checkMoody weather checkFrightening children checkMystery surrounding what the hell is happening here checkAnd it is brilliantly doneI absolutely LOVE the main character Eliza Caine who has a good amount of wit about her and doesn t do damsel in distress She is the best thing about the book a woman beyond her years in wisdom and for the time period in which the book is set She is a fighter and a survivor I just love herThe story itself is simple but gripping I love the grumpy characters Heckling and Mrs Liver they are so funny and offer some light relief from the threat of the situation Eliza has found herself inIf you like a traditional read that is fairly modest and not very scary but totally awesome within those parameters then you will love this one


10 thoughts on “This House Is Haunted

  1. says:

    What do you get if you mix Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw with a dash of Jane Eyre and a pinch of Dickens? The answer is This House is Haunted a gloriously gothic confection revolving around you'll never guess a haunted house This actually IS a haunted house too not some metaphorical type of haunting although there's al

  2. says:

    There is something about fall and winter that puts me in the mood to read spooky books I soooooooooo love cuddling up with a good ghoststory1867 LondonAfter the loss of her father 21 year old plain Jane Eliza Caine accepts the position of governess at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolkbut no one is there to greet her upon her arrival which seems rather strange to Eliza The next morning her creepy little wards the Westerly children Isabella 12 and Eus

  3. says:

    this book is available for spooky monthpssst spoiler alert THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTEDi made the mistake of reading blair's review of this before trying to write my own one it is much better than anything i could attempt and two she saw something in this book that i did not and it has kind of clouded my impressions and judgments of the book and made me think that maybe i missed the point here is a link to hers so you can read how it

  4. says:

    ''Where are you?'' ''But answer came there none'' Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her uestion at some point but unfortunately I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ storyA story that tried too hard to include many Gothic tropes to appear scary and intellectual a

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    My first book by John Boyne one of the most treasured authors on Goodreads This House is Haunted did not disappoint A Victorian era ghost story this novel tells the oft told tale of a governess who because of the death of her only living relative her beloved father must go out into the world and seek her living Unlike the heroines of most of these stories though Eliza Caine had a loving home and is a skilled teacher befo

  6. says:

    “I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father”So begins John Boyne's gothic tale of a young woman Eliza Crane suddenly alone in mid 1800s London Orphaned at twenty one and forced to leave home she answers a rather cryptic advertisement for a governess position in a mansion Gaudlin Hall in NorfolkA brooding house a series of mishaps unanswered ueries and the non appearance of the parents make for a puzzling arrival for

  7. says:

    In my opinion John Boyne is one of Ireland's most versertile writters I am rarly dispappointed when I pick up this author's novels and This House Is Haunted was a haunting and very satisfying readWhat makes a good

  8. says:

    Eliza Caine is terribly disappointed when Charles Dickens announces to the gathered crowd that he is going to read them a ghost story It is 1867 and Charles Dickens is giving a reading in a speaker’s hall at Knightsbridge Not fond of ghost stories Eliza spends a restless night dreaming of graveyards populated by spirits and ghosts Given the name of this novel a portent perhaps?Upon waking she finds her father in a terrible fev

  9. says:

    No update reuired on 2nd reading 5stars just a fab ghost story with a brilliant protagonistOriginal review This is what I would call

  10. says:

    This was a haunted house story so Dickensian in style Dickens himself is a catalyst within I listened to the audio version narrated by Alison Larkin I enjoyed this story of Eliza Caine attempting to fulfill her position as governess to two chi

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