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Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
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Jul 30, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 26 to 29, 2012

Totally gripping and very scary story. Set in the 1950s so theoretically an historical novel but it doesn't read like one. I recognised many things as part of my childhood (many of which made me smile) so it was obvious to me it was not set in today's world but as the story takes place in a remote village you wouldn't realise this. Two children are sent to stay with their great aunt in her run-down house but they soon come to realise that there is something strange happening. Young children have been disappearing for years, their aunt forbids them to go down to the local church and they hear noises and see shadows. They slowly discover the mystery of the house, the local church and Long Lankin. A mystery that is tied up with their aunt, their mother and now puts them in danger. This book was long-listed for the Carnegie Award and it's a shame it didn't make it to the shortlist. If you have any readers that like ghost stories then they'll love this!

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