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The Poisoned House by Michael  Ford
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Aug 02, 2011

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Read from July 26 to 29, 2011

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I was really looking forward to this ghost story. I’m really a sucker for books with this type of framing – it’s a true account, really!!, and we even found a diary! I love it! PS – the trailer is pretty awesome.

The story started out great with a lot of action with Abi trying to run away. We, the reader, didn’t know what or who she was running from or where she was going. I felt that after she is caught and brought back to Greave Hall, Abi’s sense of adventure and rebellion really took a back seat in the plot. I would have loved to see her rebel against the HORRIBLE Mrs. Cotton. The author spends a lot of time setting up Abi’s background story and how she came to live in Greave Hall as a scullery maid.

Then things at Greave Hall start to go awry, first with little things moving around or missing altogether. Abi is usually the one to be blamed for these acts. The hauntings escalate with the pacing of the plot. Overall, I liked the writing style and loved that Greave Hall is truly a character in itself (a creepy one at that!) I also liked that the author framed the novel to be read like a true story account, with the beginning reporting the finding of diary papers found in an estate’s renovation and ending with (SPOILER ALERT! - see blog)... I felt the turns and twists were pretty predictable and didn’t really see the need for Mrs. Cotton’s character to be so horrible (especially the Rowena incident – was that really necessary to the story, I’m really unsure as to why this had to be included), but despite that, I did continually want to find out if what I thought was going to happen really happened (it did). I think the younger crowds will really enjoy the creepiness factor of this horror story, but the overall Victorian scandal of the novel may not impress everyone.

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07/26/2011 page 50
07/27/2011 page 246
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