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I thought that it was a good adaption overall - the best and most chilling episode ...
19 August 2015
I thought that it was a good adaption overall - the best and most chilling episode being the first one, in my opinion. However, as it progressed, it began to deviate from the source material - slightly at first and then wildly towards the end. Without spoiling it for everyone, the end isn't even remotely like the book's ending and is far too sickly sweet.
Having said that, the performances brilliant. Tom Ellis; Suranne Jones and a pre-GOT Maisie Williams lead the cast in the present day, and Douglass Henshall and Sarah Smart are menacing in their roles as the menacing; abusive Cribben siblings, Augustus and Magda. Sarah Smart brings a sultry seductiveness to the role of Magda Cribben in a way not portrayed in the book, and it works really well. Olivia Cook also shines in her role of trainee teacher Nancy Linnet, and her desperate (and ultimately futile) struggle to expose Augustus Cribben as the bullying; abusive tyrant that he is will have you glued to the screen.
Overall, I would say that it's worth checking out if you're a fan of haunted house stories. Fans of the book may be irritated by the source material deviations, though.