This House is Haunted: Book summary and reviews of This House is Haunted by John Boyne

This House is Haunted

by John Boyne

This House is Haunted
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2013
    304 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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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"[Boyne] creates a subtle, satisfying tale of ghostly terror." - Publishers Weekly

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

"A perfect, shivery gothic tale." - Booklist

"Great fun." - The Times (UK)

"An adventure that will delight Dickens fans and intrigue anyone who dares to follow her on her journey." - The Daily Express (UK)

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John Boyne Author Biography

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I was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where I was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.

My early writing consisted mostly of short stories, and I published a number of them. My first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, I've published about 70 short stories.

My 2006 novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and was shortlisted or won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more than 80 weeks at no.1 in Ireland, topped the New York Times Bestseller List, and was the ...

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