One of the best haunted house novels ever. Shirley Jackson's rich, seductive prose creates vivid characters who live and breathe, and before you know it, you are immersed in their world. The horror is subtle and insidious: it sneaks up and catches you before you know it. The ghosts are never seen: they are heard and felt and sensed, but the genius of Ms. Jackson's writing lays not in what is said but what is left unsaid.
The actor reading the book is great; his character voices are terrific and you can identify which character is speaking just by his voice.
I wish the book itself were as enthralling. The plot turns are obvious and you can see them coming a mile away. The style is an odd mix of British and American. In the midst of dialogue that sounds almost Dickensian, a character might exclaim "Fat chance!" This odd juxtaposition of styles took me right out of the narrative.
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