John Boyne is one of Ireland’s most-versatile writers; over the past 14 years he’s written eight novels for adults and four for children. His most-recent book is This House is Haunted, a classic ghost story.
“I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father.”
This great opening line sets the scene perfectly for a 19th-century ghost story. Beginning in London in 1867, the story concerns a 21-year-old woman, Eliza Caine, whose father dies suddenly. In her grief she takes a job as a governess at a decaying old manor house, Gaudlin Hall, in rural Norfolk, where mysterious things are afoot. Read the rest of this entry »