When twelve-year-old Florence boards the horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life at Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle’s manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, Florence thinks, than the grim London orphanage she has just left. Florence doesn’t reckon with the eerie presence that haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield. It’s the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who died the year before. Sophia’s ghost seeks to recreate the scene of her death and cause someone else to die in her place so that she will be restored to life. And she intends to force her newly arrived cousin to help her.
Blending elements from classic ghost stories of the past, Mary Downing Hahn pays homage to such renowned writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens while creating a bone-chilling new story of her own.
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hauntingly compelling page turner
This is the best audiobook I've listened to and I'm listened to a lot of book. ITs a magic combination between Mary Downing Hahn's haunting enthralling story and Sarah Coomes makes the characters come alive better than any other narrator Ive ever heard. I played the book twice today because it is so interesting and very enjoyable to listen too. I wish Sarah comes narrated more young adult English stories. she does all the accents so perfectly and keeps the flow of the story flawless and exciting.
when the ghost of Sophia drags Florence into the graveyard!
THis is Sarah Coomes best performance ever! She was just perfect for the story. She does all the voices with the right accents and the ages of the characters and she makes the story flow so smoothly-its magic! I just started the story and from the very first few sentences I was transported just like a child into the story.
All the characters are the most memorable because Sarah Coombs does all the characterization of the characters voices so believable and her reading is seamless from one accent to the next from one character to another-she is really amazing!
A must read for anyone who wants to read of very good ghost story! its has all the ghost story elements to make it scary -fun!!
- patricia langston