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 loved this book to a point that it left me wanting for more just like it for weeks! "Hill House" is great, but "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" surpasses it in my opinion - the buildup, the unreliable narrator, the way the story is woven together and the twists are revealed all come together beautifully.
Bernadette Dunne also narrated The Haunting of Hill House, and I liked her equally in both cases. She suits the pacing and tone very well, and does great things with the often-anxious feeling of Jackson's main characters.
I enjoyed the style of the narration and the detail. I wanted to know more about the characters. It felt like reading a script that I never got to see acted out.
I've had this book sitting in my library for well over a year and haven't touched it.
finally got to it so that I can mark it as read and was pleasantly surprised.
it leaves a little mystery at the end and that's a door I'd rather leave closed. I've seen enough horror shows and read plenty of books to be able to paint my own horrific tale on the matter.
i would rank this audiobook pretty high up there in the great writer catagory , i give it a 10 for being super scary without pretension.
my choice of reading material is already so off the beaten path that i may try to share the story with anyone who would listen .
perfect she did a great, great job.
i found it interesting when the main character was saying "magic words " to herself for good luck. i loved constance's sweetness and good , patient nature
who sprinkled the sugar?
I'm usually pretty neutral at best about narrators who are not the authors. However, I like this reader particularly for this story. It is a really good match. Enjoy! ....great spooky story too.
Her voice is soft and soothing and draws you in to the characters.
This is my 2nd favorite Shirley Jackson story, right behind The Haunting of Hill House. It's very weird and creepy, but not really a ghost story.
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