Aiken makes use of the hallmark of Gothic fiction—the haunted house—in this story of three authors whose lives become inextricably tied to Lamb House, a Georgian mansion situated in the town of East Sussex, England: Toby Thomas, who lived there in the 18th century; followed by Henry James, who discovered Toby’s mysterious diary a century later; and ending with E.F. Benson, who struggled to put the agitated ghosts of Toby and Henry James to rest.
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It's very rare that I give up on a book, whether I'm reading it or listening to it, but I just couldn't make it past the first third of this story. The narrator was fine, but the story just never grabbed me and the overall experience was one I found tedious. In the end, I had too many other books waiting to be listened to for me to spend any more time on this one.