Denae's Reviews > We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2011, challenge-1010-by-2020, nook

It would be difficult to overstate the creepiness of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Shirley Jackson brilliantly weaves a story of three recluses who are all frightening in their own way. The book begins with the knowledge that something terrible has happened and something terrible is going to happen. The steady pacing and consistent revelation of just how terrible the lives of the Blackwoods are is countered by the arrival of a greedy, disruptive cousin. Despite knowing that the reclusive way the characters Mary Katherine, Constance, and Julian live is extremely unhealthy, I could not help hating their cousin for the way he behaves. The event for which you wait is traumatic to read, particularly for someone (view spoiler) Overall, while The Lottery is also excellent, I found this to be more powerful.
4 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

August 18, 2011 – Shelved
October 13, 2011 – Started Reading
October 13, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: challenge-1010-by-2020
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: nook

No comments have been added yet.