After reading We have Always Lived in the Castle I thought it was high time I read other books by Shirley Jackson since I enjoyed that one so much. Well I must admit to not liking any of them as much as I enjoyed that one.
I know the publication of this one came long, long before Rose Red by, Stephen King but there were so many similarities that it kept taking me out of the book.
I guess maybe I expected so much more from this book than I got. There were parts that were ok but for the most part it fell flat all the other characters other than Eleanor were very one dimensional and I honestly didn’t give a hoot about any of them just when I started to care about Theodora she turned into a shrew. And as Eleanor slowly fell victim to the house (or her own mind?) it was like no one cared until it was too late then the unceremonious eviction from the house it just seemed so rushed none of them really wanted to help her they just wanted her gone and well they got their wish.
I’ll be honest I used to read a lot of horror when I was younger (Koontz,Saul,King) but haven’t read any in a long time and maybe that was half my problem I think the other half was the similarities to King as Rose Red is a movie I watch every time it’s on.
So for me this book was just ok.
I listened to this on audio and must say that the narration by, Bernadette Dunne was top class and I will seek out more by this narrator.
Because everyone knows this story whether from reading it or seeing one of the 100's of movies based on this book I will just be reviewing the audiobook version I listened to narrated by, Tim Curry. I must admit to being a huge Tim Curry fan I will watch anything if he has a role in it so when I found this audiobook at audible I had to get it. I was not disappointed!
Tim Curry’s narration is absolute perfection ‘nuff said!
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