Hello all! Just a super quick post today for some super quick spooooky reads. Now, if you’ve been around a while you might know I have a low tolerance for *scary* reads- but being the daredevil monkey that I am, I decided to risk it with a couple of legendary Shirley Jackson books. You know, in broad daylight, so the ghosts couldn’t reach through the pages and get me 😉 Onto the reviews!
We Have Always Lived in a Castle– Ooh the intrigue and spooky vibes were strong with this one! It was enigmatic, creepy and mysterious. There was a distinctive feel for the characters, which made them feel both lifelike and otherworldly. I realllly appreciated the setting as well- everywhere in the novel seemed to have a too-close-for-comfort feel to it. I liked that it left so many questions unanswered- as a good ghost story should. There was some ambiguity at the end as well, though it wasn’t entirely open-ended. I simply adored the writing style too. Overall, this was a definite success!
Rating: 4/5 bananas
The Haunting of Hill House– Ahh Jackson certainly has a lovely turn of phrase. Sadly, it wasn’t quite as tantalisingly terrifying as We Have Always Lived in a Castle. I feel like I made a mistake to read that one first, cos this one didn’t quite blow me away. I think my greatest disappointment was the ending- it didn’t leave me with that blood-chilling oh-my-god-what-just-happened feeling. Ya know, the one we read scary stories to get (why do we read them again? 😉). I didn’t care too much for the characters either, which was a problem in such a claustrophobic setting. Still, I can safely say Jackson has the uncanny feeling down. And even if it seems like all I’ve done is complain about it, I still enjoyed it.
Rating: 3½/5 bananas
So what do you think of these? Did you enjoy them? Did they successfully freak you out? Let me know in the comments