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Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
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Jan 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: period-fiction, ghost-story, gothic, horror, young-adult, readathon
Read from April 22 to 26, 2012 — I own a copy

The link to the folk song, covered by Steeleye Span in the mid-70s, was certainly what had me reaching for this from the library shelf, though I've since bought my own copy.

From its opening pages I was drawn into this atmospheric tale. Lindsey Barraclough realises the rural 1950s setting perfectly, evoking a haunting sense of timelessness once away from London into a countryside that embodies the past in its landscape and architecture as well as its lingering ghosts.

This was a story with a creepiness that had the hairs on the back of my head rising during certain sequences. Given that it is a debut novel, Barraclough is certainly someone to watch for future works.
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