Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune—and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret.
©1962 Shirley Jackson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“At certain moments, quietly, in quick, subtle transitions of tone, Miss Jackson can summon up stark terror, make your blood chill and your scalp prickle....To all the classic paraphernalia of the spook story, she adds a touch of Freud….” (New York Times Book Review)
I love this book! If you're a fan of dark, creepy, gothic tales this is for you! Shirley Jackson is magical with her words, I adore this story and feel like it should have been the prequel for an even darker chapter, I didn't want it to end. Fantastic.
I'm a teacher; I should read more than I sew.
The narrator has a sweet-girly voice that stands juxtaposed to the creepy story of the two sisters
At first, I was put off by the narrator's voice, never having listened to another Shirley Jackson book before, but after a few minutes, I was completely engrossed in the story.
I was on a Shirley Jackson kick, after I read this book, I went on to Shirley Jackson's latest biography (which was VERY long) and then onto "The Haunting of Hill House." I have to say that after listening to all three, I went back and listened to "We've Always Lived int eh Castle" again!
Not going to spoil anything but this is one of the weirdest storylines I have heard. The writing is excellent but it told a very 1 sided story and ultimately was just a weird book to read.
This is a beautifully written story that is creepy as well as disturbing and marks my first taste of Shirley Jackson. I look forward to much more.
I will give nothing away in my review. I will say that I highly recommend reading/ listening to this story.
Read and acted by Bernadette Dunne who is a real pro.
Loved the book until it ended in the middle. No ending what so ever. That just pissed me off.
I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.
This book hit the spot. It had everything, dark humor, an old house with several generations' worth of old things, a feeling of being barricaded against a hostile and uncaring world, and an aching longing.
The perfect American Gothic novel. A creepy house, murder, suspicious townsfolk, unreliable narrators, and deep madness. You cannot ask for more. Also, the narrator is perfect. Truly haunting and brilliantly told.
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