Good Read For Older Kids & Adults,
This review is from: The House of Dead Maids (Hardcover)
I was curious what the Young Adult Fiction genre was churning out this days, so I selected The House of Dead Maids to review. Turns out, this novel, by Clare B. Dunkle, is one of those "cross-over" stories that will appeal to readers of many ages. However, I would take the recommendation "ages 12 and up" very seriously. There's not a chapter that doesn't have corpses or ghosts or both, as well as the cruelty of living people. Unless your grade-schooler has built up an immunity to literary horror, I would wait until they were at least in 5th grade.
Tabby, a nursemaid, and her young master, known only as Himself, see a dead maid and a dead master in their new home. No one will Tabby how the dead maid died, and the dead master was known for his horrible temper. The staff are a very unusual assortment of characters, and the house is not kept properly, which foreshadows the many secrets of Seldom House.
"In most houses, family's related by birth. Seldom House family's related by death."
This novel is not your average ghost story by any means; The House of Dead Maids is a skilled mixture of suspense, horror and historical fiction based on a real housekeeper to Emily Bronte's family. The author even writes that she was inspired by Wuthering Heights.
I enjoyed this book so much, I plan on reading more by Clare B. Dunkle.