Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Poisoned House - A review

A little about the book:  Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs. Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there's something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself—a secret that will shatter everything Abi knows.

I recently had the opportunity to read The Poisoned House by Michael Ford.  This is a Victorian Ghost story aimed at ages 13+ which will be released for summer reading on August 1, 2011 and is available now for preorder on Amazon.com.

I'm all about scary stories and this is a good one for the younger kids.  It took me a little bit to get used to the fact that the book is set in the mid-1800's and also in a different country but I enjoyed the book thoroughly.  It was a page turner and I think that girls and boys alike will take to this book.  There are different elements in this story - apparitions, freezing cold rooms, and hidden secrets that keep the book moving right along and keep the reader in suspense throughout.  There is always a villain too - this one was unexpected!! 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.com.  I was asked only to give my honest opinion of the book which I am pleased to do.  I received no compensation for this review. 

1 comment:

Heather said...

I started reading this review and HOPED it was a book for adults! Not that I won't give it a try anyway and see if it might interest the kids! Sounds pretty cool--thanks!!