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The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
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Nov 29, 2011

did not like it

The House of Dead Maids
by Clare B. Dunkle
Sadly, the best part of this book is the cover—which is disappointing, because I really liked Dunkle's book The Sky Inside. The book is about a maid who is hired to work as a nanny in a haunted house. The boy she is brought to watch is supposedly the young version of a character named Heathcliff (a character who appeared in a classic novel, Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte, which was published in 1847). After the two face numerous ghosts and possible death, they are forced to decide whether or not to escape. I think it's pretty clear that he author was trying to make the voice of the book sound like Bronte's writing, because the words that she uses are old-fashioned sounding. She incorporates Celtic myth into the story, which is certainly as interesting as it is creepy, but it doesn't do enough to carry the book.

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