Eliza Cain, bereft after the death of her father, impulsively answers an ad for a governess position in Norfolk, England, in 1867. After a harrowing journey, she arrives at the grand but crumbling Gaudlin Hall to find two eerily polite children alone, with no adult in sight and no explanation offered. That night, stretching out in bed, Eliza feels invisible hands grasp her ankles...and thus begins her nightmare! Written in Dickensian style (the author even makes an appearance in the first chapter), This House Is Haunted is a spine-tingling sendup of a classic Gothic ghost story: There's a plain, orphaned governess, an isolated mansion in ill repair, a monstrous secret hidden in the attic, and a host of tight-lipped townspeople. The plucky and undaunted heroine - determined to uncover the secrets of Gaudlin Hall and save herself and the children from the horror within - makes an irresistible guide through the whole thrilling affair. This fast-paced, highly entertaining read is best enjoyed under a warm blanket on a dark and dreary night. (AG)
This title is part of our 2016 Mysteries Book a Month package.