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This House Is Haunted quotes This House Is Haunted, litcharts This House Is Haunted, symbolism This House Is Haunted, summary shmoop This House Is Haunted, This House Is Haunted c870f012 Eliza Caine Arrives In Norfolk To Take Up Her Position As Governess At Gaudlin Hall On A Dark And Chilling Night As She Makes Her Way Across The Station Platform, A Pair Of Invisible Hands Push Her From Behind Into The Path Of An Approaching Train She Is Only Saved By The Vigilance Of A Passing DoctorWhen She Finally Arrives, Shaken, At The Hall She Is Greeted By The Two Children In Her Care, Isabella And Eustace There Are No Parents, No Adults At All, And No One To Represent Her Mysterious Employer The Children Offer No Explanation Later That Night In Her Room, A Second Terrifying Experience Further Reinforces The Sense That Something Is Very WrongFrom The Moment She Rises The Following Morning, Her Every Step Seems Dogged By A Malign Presence Which Lives Within Gaudlin S Walls Eliza Realises That If She And The Children Are To Survive Its Violent Attentions, She Must First Uncover The Hall S Long Buried Secrets And Confront The Demons Of Its Past


10 thoughts on “This House Is Haunted

  1. says:

    There is something about fall and winter that puts me in the mood to read spooky books I soooooooooo love cuddling up with a good ghost.story.1867 London After the loss of her father 21 year old, plain Jane Eliza Caine accepts the position of governess at Gaudlin Hall, in Norfolk.but no one is there to greet her upon her arrival which seems rather strange to Eliza The next morning her creepy little wards the Westerly children Isabella 12 and Eustace 8, are present and accounted forbut still no adults to be found anywhere and and this goes on for days and days.Where are the children s parents and why will no one tell her what is going on Confused young heroine.Eerie old mansion.Lots o foggy nights.Sinister staff Creepy children.Angry ghost.all the boxes are ticked to make THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED an enjoyable tale, for ghost lovin readers, in the coming cold weather months.


  2. says:

    What do you get if you mix Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw with a dash of Jane Eyre and a pinch of Dickens The answer is This House is Haunted, a gloriously gothic confection revolving around you ll never guess a haunted house This actually IS a haunted house too, not some metaphorical type of haunting, although there s also an element of humour to the proceedings, which serves to set this story apart from the many historical ghost stories it could be compared to.In 1867, a young woman, Eliza Caine, is bereft after the death of her beloved father With no other family, no friends to turn to and she believes no prospects of marriage, Eliza replies to an advertisement for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall, a grand country pile in Norfolk When she arrives there, it quickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong the locals are hostile, the children she s in charge of are left to fend for themselves, and nobody will tell her where their parents are Worse still, a series of inexplicable incidents force her to the conclusion that there is a malevolent spirit present in the house Unwilling to abandon the children, Eliza sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery and fear surrounding Gaudlin Hall, but to do so she must put her life at risk.The book both pokes fun at and pays homage to the classics it references I particularly liked the secrecy surrounding the Westerley family and how the village conspires to cover up the truth At times the behaviour of the characters Eliza s naivety in the face of extremely obvious indications that something supernatural is going on the way everyone changes the subject whenever the topic of the children s parents comes up Alfred Raisin s dismissal of the previous governesses concerns, despite the fact that almost all of them ended up dead verges on parody, but not in a bad way I know this is a completely inappropriate comparison, but the village in this book reminded me a lot of the comedy film Hot Fuzz, a spoof of cop movies, which I watched recently Sounds odd but there s the same sense that the story is joyfully sending up all the clich s habitually present in its source material in a very affectionate way Similarly, Eliza s character is both genuinely admirable she constantly rails against the way women are sidelined by society and parodic her romantic daydreams about every attractive man she meets It s obvious that the author s tongue was lodged firmly in his cheek when writing this book, and that sense of humour makes it all the enjoyable to read.The light touch to the narrative means that the predictable twists and silly bits inevitable components of a ghost story work well if you know you re reading something that s not entirely serious, you re not likely to worry about how much you need to suspend your disbelief At the same time, Eliza is likeable and believable enough that you do truly care what happens to her the book is engaging, sometimes extremely creepy, and definitely has substance to it than a mere pastiche Speaking as a big fan of ghost stories, I really enjoyed This House is Haunted and if you share my passion for this type of book, you need to get it on your to read list.


  3. says:

    this book is available for spooky month pssst spoiler alert THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED i made the mistake of reading blair s review of this before trying to write my own one, it is much better than anything i could attempt and two, she saw something in this book that i did not and it has kind of clouded my impressions and judgments of the book and made me think that maybe i missed the point here is a link to hers so you can read how it should be done i read hers, to my mind this was a perfectly serviceable gothic horror novel the plot is the same as about 900 other books in this vein a plain girl who is alone in the world takes a position as a governess in an unfamiliar place and finds herself in a big crumbling house full of secrets in a town full of people who seem quite inclined to gossip, just not with her they stare at her with expressions both pitying and frightened, and always seem to be on the verge of revealing the truuuuth the children she is meant to be watching although she seems to leave them alone in the house quite a lot while she goes off on her attempts at fact finding missions and such are well behaved but unusual with their knowing smirks and haunted eyes naturally, the children s parents are not present, for reasons no one seems willing to divulge and what happened to the five previous governesses within the year before she arrived is just as mysterious she begins to experience strange circumstances in the house which frequently imperil her and begins to think, you got it, this house is haunted this is gothic lit 101.i thought it was very typical and traditional, reminiscent of and referential to both jane eyre and turn of the screw the characters trot out all the expected behaviors you find in the gothic novel genre in the know characters who cut off their sentences right before they reveal too much, as though alarmed to find themselves speaking at all and the governess whose response to this is well, guess i just won t ask any questions right now, lalala all the props of the classic gothic are also lined up for inspection secrets in the attic, multiple mysterious deaths, a cranky caretaker, ominous and escalating accidents which befall characters, secret passageways, dropped teacups, figures seen in windows who vanish without a trace, paling as a response to upsetting turns of conversation, spooky old beyond their years children spouting ominous proclamations, and big closing sequences.the outcome s pretty predictable but the book is well written enough to still be enjoyable even without the suspense you would likely feel if you had never read one of these before i myself have read far too many to be surprised, but i thought it was a fine light entertainment.but now NOW blair is making me rethink everything she read this as a tongue in cheek treatment of the very conventions i am calling textbook and perfunctory i think that is a very interesting reading of this book, and it really gives me pause, and her review makes me appreciate the book if that s what he was doing, though, it wasn t obvious enough.you really gotta call attention to it to make that joke work because if that was indeed his intention, then blair s the only one who got it after reading her review, i decided to see if i was stupid, or if blair was a genius, and none of the other reviews i found, professional or regular reader, interpreted this as a humorous send up to the genre.BUT IT IS SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU READ IT THAT WAY because i did notice the comical number of times she called herself plain and and the light fantasies she entertained about the menfolk she encountered, but i wrote that off as a side effect of having been fairly sheltered and without prospects.and i thought this was actually inconsistent with the way her character handled herself in the other, spookier situations someone with that much of a romantic turn of mind seems unlikely to be so unimaginative when confronted with the spooky goings on in the house, and so slow to put things together, so willing to shrug it off and continue as though nothing is amiss which is, in itself, another convention of the genre but as a humorous jab at genre, it works and there are other situations miss blair pointed out where this reading holds up and makes the book original and worthy i kind of wish i had read this with blair s eyes so, again blair is a genius and knows how to read books so they are way better than when i read them my ownself humbled, bowingcome to my blog


  4. says:

    Where are you But answer came there none Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ghost storyA story that tried too hard to include many Gothic tropes, to appear scary and intellectual at the same time, but eventually fell flat on all levels, in my opinion But for the sympathetic protagonist, the intriguing children and some scarce glimpses of a remotely creepy atmosphere, I would have rated it with 1 sad little star Eliza wants to start a new life away from London after the death of her father She abandons her occupation as a teacher for small girls as we were told so many times because we readers are practically stupid and we forget too easily and replies to a dubious advert for the position of the governess in an old estate When she reaches her destination, she realises that there are certain strange forces at work and the previous women s work ended under peculiar to put it mildly circumstances.The basis of the story, while not original by any means, is very interesting and has a lot of potential When one is an avid lover of ghost stories, two things happen One, we can t keep away from every single read about the subject and two, there is very little that can impress us and truly catch our attention I expected and I wanted an old fashioned ghost story with an English foreboding estate, a troubled governess and secrets of the past haunting everyone, but not in a childish, naive manner of writing Because, in my opinion, that is what I found here A kind of writing that was flat, uninspiring, pretentious and predictable Although the first 30% of the book was somewhat satisfying, the rest went downhill all too quickly There was not a single thing that made me feel scared, although Boyne tried too hard to force it out Excuse me, but this wouldn t scare a child So I treated it as a mystery rather than a ghost story and I still found it severely lacking Boyne s notion of scary is Eliza being thrown around on walls, floors and grounds like a sack of potatoes with numerous parts of asphyxiation thrown for good measure Overdone, unrealistic, ridiculous There have been ghost stories I could actually believe in Stories that made me shiver, stories that gave me nightmare This one made me roll my eyes in frustration and I was lucky they weren t stuck on the back of my head The characters are better constructed The children are a good combination of creepy and intriguing and I really liked Eliza I found her to be a reliable narrator and I admired her deep sense of duty and commitment to the children Her musings concerning her work as a teacher touched me deeply, perhaps because I recognised many of her thoughts and feelings Now, did I find her naive No Some of us put our priorities on children, come ghosts or vampires or bad parents, and we stick to them This is what she did, this is why she didn t run away and I don t think this was unrealistic.I mean, really We have a wrestling battle between spirits and humans and some consider her decision unbelievableI know this will sound absurd to many in our current, artificial world where being comfortable is all that matters, but anyway..Sorry for the rant, let us continue.The end was somewhat satisfying and by end , I actually mean the last page, because the last chapters were eerily bad, almost laughable I don t know, many reviewers seemed to like it, so I m clearly in the minority, but I cannot lie For me, Boyne tried to combine The Turn of the Screw, Jane Eyre and The Woman In Black in a big ghost tale feast Even Rebecca, if I take the resolution into consideration But he is not Henry James, or Charlotte Bronte He is not Daphne Du Maurier or Susan Hill Although he pretended to be a contemporary Dickens, he failed miserably in my books So, pushing all the anachronisms and improbabilities aside, this was mediocre at best and one of the biggest disappointments of my current reading year I don t doubt that he can write I m not qualified to judge but I won t seek any of his books anytime soon My reviews can also be found on


  5. says:

    My first book by John Boyne, one of the most treasured authors on Goodreads, This House is Haunted did not disappoint A Victorian era ghost story, this novel tells the oft told tale of a governess who because of the death of her only living relative, her beloved father, must go out into the world and seek her living Unlike the heroines of most of these stories though, Eliza Caine had a loving home and is a skilled teacher before she begins her adventure She is tenacious, smart and loyal to her young charges and is not going to let them be harmed by a malign presence if she had anything to say about it I like how she stands up to conventional tropes of religion and a woman s place and seeks answers for the supernatural happenings she and the children are subjected to.


  6. says:

    I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father So begins John Boyne s gothic tale of a young woman, Eliza Crane, suddenly alone in mid 1800s London Orphaned at twenty one, and forced to leave home, she answers a rather cryptic advertisement for a governess position in a mansion, Gaudlin Hall, in Norfolk.A brooding house, a series of mishaps, unanswered queries and the non appearance of the parents make for a puzzling arrival for Eliza, not to mention the two sweet but precocious children she is to educate This is always the good start to a gothic tale, in my opinion i.e gothic as opposed to horror A good gothic tale combines the uncanny and a pleasing sort of terror melodrama and parody are other long standing features of Gothic literature paraphrased from Goodreads.Could there be a malevolent presence that inhabits the house along with Eliza and the children, Isabella and Eustace something that seems want to be rid of Eliza She s stunned to discover that another someone is also living at the mansion, a person about whom she has heard little Eliza is, likewise, horrified when she finally hears the fate of the five governesses who have preceded her The story gets deliciously creepy when she resolves to leave for London and take the children with her.John Boyne appears to be able to turn his hand to writing about pretty much any subject in quite a few genres His excellence in storytelling and great literature is evident in This House is Haunted A satisfying gothic tale filled with uncanny moments, dark mansions and mounting drama 4


  7. says:

    No update required on 2nd reading 5 stars just a fab ghost story with a brilliant protagonist Original review This is what I would call a good old traditional ghost story Large austere house checkTragic circumstances checkMoody weather checkFrightening children checkMystery surrounding what the hell is happening here checkAnd it is brilliantly done I absolutely LOVE the main character Eliza Caine who has a good amount of wit about her and doesn t do damsel in distress She is the best thing about the book a woman beyond her years in wisdom and for the time period in which the book is set She is a fighter and a survivor I just love her.The story itself is simple but gripping I love the grumpy characters Heckling and Mrs Liver they are so funny and offer some light relief from the threat of the situation Eliza has found herself in.If you like a traditional read that is fairly modest and not very scary but totally awesome within those parameters then you will love this one


  8. says:

    This was a haunted house story so Dickensian in style, Dickens himself is a catalyst within I listened to the audio version, narrated by Alison Larkin I enjoyed this story of Eliza Caine attempting to fulfill her position as governess to two children, in a house almost falling down due to disrepair How she got there and her attempt to keep the children safe I will leave for you to discover I liked the style of the storytelling and I enjoyed the character of Eliza, though at times she seemed too wily and too naive both at once Where the story lost me was at the very end, which is usually where these types of books fall apart, in my opinion In this case I didn t mind it because I enjoyed the journey towards the end so much The narrator, Alison Larkin, is new to me, but I loved her performance She brought the characters alive and I will actively seek out of her audio narrations in the future Overall, this was a decent haunted house story and I recommend it to fans of such.


  9. says:

    In my opinion John Boyne is one of Ireland s most versertile writters I am rarly dispappointed when I pick up this author s novels and This House Is Haunted was a haunting and very satisfying read.What makes a good Ghost stroy For me it has to be set in Victorian times, with an isolated country manor and unexplainable happenings and you have my interest.This house is haunted is set in Norfolk in a country house called Gaudin Hall Eliza Canine arrives to take up her position as Governess As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her into the path of an approaching train She is only saved by vigilance of a passing doctor and so the stroy begins.I have had this book on my bookshelf for some time and was given a gentle push to read it after reading a review written by goodreads friend I am so glad I read this novel as it was just a really good back to basics old fashioned Ghost Stroy I dont read horror but love a good Ghost stroy every now and then and Boyne has created a beautiful athmospheric and unsettling novel that really entertained and chilled me at the same time.


  10. says:

    Really, NPR one of the best books of 2013 Ugh This House is Haunted is absolutely, positively, irrefutably NOT one of the best books of 2013, and the fact that it made NPR s list disappoints me.Attempting to write in Dickensian prose, John Boyne has indeed penned a ghost story, only it isn t an especially good one.First and foremost, the main character Eliza Caine, a twenty one year old teacher who applies for a position as governess following the loss of her father and sole family only to find herself in a strangely precarious situation once in her new job, is one dimensional as well as completely unbelievable and unlikable And it s not just the main character that is flat and lacks substance There was not one well constructed character in the entire book.Add to that a rather weak, predictable, and anticlimatic story, and what do you have A minimally engaging mystery that never quite lives up to its potential.It wasn t horrible, but fell far short of my expectations.Not sure I would recommend this book, but, who knows, you might like it.If you re looking for a good ghost story, Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House, though older, is far superior in tone, writing, character development, plot, and ghostliness.Would I ever read another book by this author Maybe, if I came across it at a yard sale, or it was given to me The premise of this book was intriguing and the characters had potential unfortunately, the execution was significantly lacking I m also not sure Boyne nailed the Dickensian prose thing, either, and I think that was part of the problem I didn t feel like I was reading Dickens The language simply felt unnecessarily clunky and indulgent.


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