"We Have Always Lived In The Castle"

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

What a creepy little book. It unsettles you slowly like dark, foreboding clouds moving in one by one on a sunny afternoon. It begins quietly, genteel in tone and set in a beautiful old home, then you find yourself thinking that what you just read was a bit odd, and then the oddness grows and just keeps coming till it's all out freaky. It's a slow and steady revealing of what's going on beneath the gentility. Really well done.

It's a small book that takes very little time to read, but I don't recommend going through it too quickly because you'll miss the slow build-up of bizarreness (I know it's not a word, but it describes this book so well). Don't be in a hurry; read it in a few sittings.

What attracted me was the title. I am a pushover for books about houses so "We Have Always Lived In The Castle" was like a drug to an addict. The house does play a large role in the story, even after.....well, I'll let you read the book. Do. Read the book. I don't usually enjoy creepiness, but this was really good.


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