This House Is Haunted

Paperback | October 8, 2013

byJohn Boyne

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A striking homage to the classic nineteenth century ghost story, from the award-winning and bestselling writer John Boyne.
     1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.
     When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong.
     From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which lives within Gaudlin's walls. Eliza realises that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall's long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past...

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A striking homage to the classic nineteenth century ghost story, from the award-winning and bestselling writer John Boyne.      1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from...

JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of eight novels including the international bestsellers Mutiny on the Bounty, The Absolutist and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which won two Irish Book Awards, topped the New York Times bestseller list in the US and was made into a Miramax feature film. His novels are published ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.18 × 5.73 × 0.79 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385681542

ISBN - 13:9780385681544

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really like this. Creepy. 4.5 stars It is the mid-19th century. When Eliza's father dies suddenly, she answers an ad to be a governess. She is accepted on the spot, so travels out to Gaudlin Hall, where she will be the new governess to two children. Odd, though – when she arrives, their parents are no where to be found and no one will answer Eliza's questions about what's going on. I really liked this. I thought it was very creepy and I wish I would have had longer stretches of time to read it all at once (including just before bed... when I had the time, but I couldn't stay awake – but that was nothing to do with the story!). I certainly wanted to keep reading to see what was going on! It will likely make my favourites list for the year.
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This House Is Haunted It was a very good read, kept me interested and not wanting to put it down. The closure of the story was predictable but still satisfying. A must read for people who love this genre.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ghost Story! Eliza needs a fresh start after the passing of her Father. She sees an advertisement for a Governess position in the local paper and impulsively decides that a change of scenery might be just what she needs. After she receives word her application has been accepted and the job is hers, she leaves behind everything she knows for an uncertain future, but she never could have guessed what was waiting for her in her new home. The house is definitely haunted. I really enjoyed this story. John Boyne's language and eloquent writing transports the reader to a different era.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story about a bad ghost The author wrote a good old fashioned haunted house story. There were genuine spine-tingling parts, and a nice array of characters. I thought that the main character, the governess Eliza, took an awfully long time to ask obvious questions about the house and its occupants. But as the story began to move faster around the middle, the two children, their home, and the people and ghosts around them pull the reader into the eventual well done conclusion and ending.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great ghost story Pros: some chilling scenes Cons: it takes Eliza a long time to figure out what's happening After the sudden death of her father, Eliza Caine answers an ad to become governess at Gaudlin Hall. But something's not right in her new home and no one will answer her questions about the parents of her charges, the tragedies that have taken place at Gaudlin Hall, or the ghost that's trying to kill her. I'd say this book is a cross between The Haunting of Hill House, for the atmospherics and period, and The Shining, for the constant anticipation of something bad happening. Boyne does an excellent job of putting you in Eliza's place, feeling her terror, and trying to survive what's to come. While I really liked Eliza I did feel it took longer than it should have for her to figure out what was going on. Having said that, I enjoyed seeing regular life at the Hall interspersed with her learning more about the place's history. If you like ghost stories, this is a winner.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully dark gothic ghost story The Good Stuff Dark, Gothic ghost story - one of my favorite type of story to read Great opening line, it hooked me in right away Fast paced and creepy - couldn't put it down even-though it was way to late at night to be reading this type of story Awesome ending, though some may not like it Seriously creepy little child - personally I would have run screaming from the house after I met her Eliza is quite the little spirited thing, you have to love her. Really enjoyed some of the dialogue between her and the various male characters- especially since the author is male Chapter 20 is a pure delight and a wonderful discourse on organized religion Wonderful atmosphere, while reading you will be constantly looking over your shoulder looking for ghosts - so wonderfully spooky, perfect for a cold Canadian night Story feels like it was written in 1867 not in this day and age and I mean that as a wonderful compliment - those gothic stories were so much fun. A good spooky story that doesn't rely on blood and guts to keep you sleeping with the lights on The Not So Good Stuff Wanted to smack the heroine because I figured a major plot point (and she so should have) out way before she did Checked our catalogue at work and this seems to be marketed in the adult horror section, think it would do far better if marketed more Teen Favorite Quotes/Passages "Miss Caine, Mrs Cratchett and I have been married some three years now. If there is one condition I am familiar with, is the tendency of the gentler sex to suffer nervous anxiety." He offered a polite bow and I considered picking up the large paperweight on his desk, designed for some reason in the shape of Ireland, and bringing it down upon his skull. Would any jury in the land convict me." "The Bible is written by men, " I declared. "It has gone through so many changes, so many linguistic translations over the centuries that it adapts and re-creates itself in the form of the time in which the reader engages with it. Only a fool believes that the words of the Bible are the words delivered by Christ." "He had never before shown any interest in American matters. Indeed he had professed his belief on more than one occasion that those who lived on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean were nothing more than barbarous, antagonistic scoundrels who should never have been permitted independence, an act of disloyalty to the Crown for which the name of Portland should for ever be damned." 4.25 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-10-09

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Editorial Reviews

• "Great fun... Boyne keeps up a constant barrage of surprises and the pace is terrific." --The Times (UK)


   • "An adventure that will delight Dickens fans and intrigue anyone who dares to follow her on her journey." --The Daily Express (UK)


   • "This magnificently eerie novel... takes us on a skilful journey through fear, showing not only how fear is created, but how it might be overcome." --The Guardian (UK)