Shiverton Hall Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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A deliciously creepy tale that will have readers needing to keep the light on at night . . .
About the Author
Emerald Fennell is a writer and actress. Shiverton Hall is her first novel. She lives in London with a very quiet ghost. Shiverton Hall, published by Bloomsbury in January 2013, is a deliciously creepy tale that will have readers needing to keep the light on at night.
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Arthur Bannister is our main character, he mysteriously receives a letter which offers him a place at the old creepy Shiverton Hall. After the events of the past year, he needs a new start and accepts. Shiverton Hall is indeed as grand as the name suggests but it's steeped in cobwebs and shadows. The grounds are stuck in the past and with the past, secrets begin to be unearthed. Arthur's appearance at the hall sets of a whole chain of events. Arthur makes some new friends but even here bullies find him. Trying his best to move on, his new friend George distracts him with some ghost stories that might just be more real than they sound.Read more ›
Highly recommended - except for anyone too scared to sleep in the dark! It's a Doctor Who level of horror so might be a little much for some but most will relish it. Not gory but it gets your imagination going.
Flipping between the past and the present, "Shiverton Hall" is a compulsively page-turning ghost story in the grand old tradition of genuine supernatural twists, turns, mysteries and ghouls. It's as far removed from the slasher movies of present day and there's more than a whiff of glorious Victoriana about the novel's setting and its story-line. "Shiverton Hall" reminded me why horror can be so fantastic when it's done right. A shiver-inducing ride through the most atmospheric boarding school since Hogwarts and a stunning debut novel, "Shiverton Hall" is ghost stories like they should be. Fantastic characters, beautiful writing and good old fashioned thrills.
At first I couldn't help comparing it to Harry Potter and indeed there are a few similarities; young boy gets an invite to join a school he has never heard of, both he and the school have a `dark' past, the main character is a young teenage boy who becomes close friends with another boy and a girl, the teachers are called professors, and there is a bully with two cronies. However, that is where the similarities end. This book is a lot darker than the HP books and, my friend's son was right, it is quite scary. We are told a lot of dark short stories by `George' one of the main character's (Arthur) friends; the short stories are quite chilling.
The main story to this novel centres around a phantasm that takes on the appearance of the imaginary friends some of these kids had as young children and it tries to get them to harm themselves.
The novel end was quite sudden and the whole thing was quite well written and obviously aimed at young teenagers as the plots were not intricate and it was an easy read.
An enjoyable book that I finished vary quickly and would definitely buy and read any sequel.
Note on the Kindle version: No proplems whatsoever.
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9 year old: my mum says she liked it. So did I it can get brutal and scary but not too bad. Loads of unexpected twists.Published 2 months ago by Caulkhead
A fantastic book and very well written. It ticked all the right boxes for me. Although, I would advise parents to read it before giving it to their children. Brilliant book.Published 6 months ago by Hannah Dewdney
I'm peeved that the cover is not the one in the picture because my collection does not match however it is a great book!Published 9 months ago by Raw
This is a well written twist on the haunted School genre. However there are some genuinely gruesome and sinister elements of the plot which may prove too creepy for younger... Read morePublished 10 months ago by layla
Imagine Enid Blyton's Malory Towers meets Hogwarts and directed by Tim Burton! This book is not just for children but for any age range. It'll keep you gripped from page 1... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
Brilliant writing and not just for little un's. This oldie enjoyed reading it too on a recent Easter jaunt. More please.Published 16 months ago by Schnuki