This House is Haunted - John Boyne 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.

How can you not love a book whose first sentence is “I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father...” a glorious, captivating mash up of Jane Eyre, Turn of the Screw, Rebecca and the film The Others.

This House bears all the hallmarks (or clichés depending on your viewpoint) of a Gothic ghost story, written in the first person, a plucky heroine who has bitten off rather more than she an chew, surly locals who know more than they are saying, warnings from random strangers and of course persistent fog. Beautifully written, well paced with escalating tension though the ending was a little disappointing

An enjoyable read