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Formulaic, predictable and historically inaccurate.,
This review is from: This House is Haunted (Kindle Edition)
I was so looking forward to this book. It had all the makings of a great story and my hopes were high. It was, sadly, yawningly predictable and deeply dull. I knew where it was headed from the outset and carried on incase it was all part of a grand double bluff. It wasn't. I can best describe it as a 'paint by numbers' ghost story. On top of all of this, Boyne uses language and concepts that are inappropriate to 1867. Go and get yourself a proper ghost story. Try Alison Littlewood's ' The Unquiet House' or Simon Kurt Unsworth's 'Quiet Houses' for examples of how house based ghost stories should be. John Boyne needs to leave ghost stories to those who know what they are doing.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2015 14:13:04 BDT
Try some of Jonathan Aycliffe's full-length ghost stories.
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