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Alison Larkin is a delight. She was perfect and the main reason I kept going. The story begins quite deliciously. The sightings and hints of ghosts have great promise, but we never hear of these initial ghostly appearances again. The actual haunting seemed heavily influenced by special efffects in Hollywood movies, which was a shame. It was easy to figure out who the ghosts were and this took away from the chilling effect. I also think the main character's stoic, resigned, not very scared acceptance of her situation was over played. The children were creepy. However, as I said at the beginning of this review, Ms. Larkin was delightful and perfect so,I kept listening. She makes the credit well worth it.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
So-So Victorian period piece, but no thriller. Author was trying for "Turn of the Screw" but ended up with something closer to a Movie of the Week script instead.
Narrator did the best she could with the material, so no knock on her performance here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons: it contains surprises, twists and turns and keeps the reader enthralled. It entertained me so well during a long drive to and from Norfolk that the journey went in a flash. The narration is good and the plot, although borrowing a little from "The Turn of the Screw" contained enough elements unconnected with that story to make it original enough. I can recommend this, having read a good many ghost stories which I believe are very difficult to write.
This was a wonderful story it flowed steadily the whole way through. Each character was strong and they all bounced off each other.
I have read books set in victorian era before and they have been too much on the history this however was not it simply made you believe you were there without much thought.
The narration was too a very good strong performance and no silly over the top voices like some narrators give.