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The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
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Mar 13, 11

bookshelves: washyarg, young-adult, ghosts
Read from March 12 to 13, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Tabby Ackroyd is a young orphan who is taken to a fin home in a rural village to become the nursemaid for the young master. The first night in her new home she is visited by a ghost whom she suspects is the ghost of Izzie, another young girl from her orphanage. Ghosts abound in this house & village and the suspense builds until the very end when Tabby discovers what really happened. This is billed as a “chilling prequel to Wuthering Heights”.
SPOILER!!!! Tabby and her charge escape to the home of a curate (the Reverend Bronte) and his daughters. The young master, called the Heathen Git throughout the rest of the book is renamed Heathcliff. I guess the damp, dark, foreboding atmosphere that permeates the entire book is reminiscent of WH, but it seemed a bit of a stretch to me. The story is written beautifully and stands alone as a ghost story without the tenuous connection.

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