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... Not quite what I was expecting.
I absolutely loved 'some kind of fairy story' and wanted to read more of Joyce's work. This book jumped out at me due to excellent reader reviews. I like Joyce's quirky tales, and did enjoy this, but I was expecting something a bit more horrifying due to reviews of this 'scary' ghost story. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't find it remotely scary. I just spent most of the book waiting to be made to jump, but in my opinion it's not that type of story. It is atmospheric, idiosyncratic, sympathetic and worth reading. Just don't expect to jump out of your skin!
I would say it's a quirky tale rather than a ghost story, but give it a go and see what you think!
The narrator was fabulous - really brought the story alive with all his voices. I will look out for his reading in future, for sure!
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I remember being on holiday when there was a plague of ladybirds so the references to this in the story evoked memories of this for me. The characters in this tale were brought to life very effectively by the reader; especially Nobby. I have read this author before and I find that his stories make a unobtrusive change to my normal genre. Not edge of your seat stuff but quietly satisfying with all the questions resolved by the end.