Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic nineteenth century ghost story. Set in Norfolk in 1867, Eliza Caine responds to an ad for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall. When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong.
From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin’s walls. Eliza realizes 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.
“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)
“A perfect, shivery gothic tale.” –Booklist
“John Boyne applies his dependably fluid writing style to this eerie Victorian ghost story, which offers an unsettling–in a good way–blend of the conventional and the unexpected…Boyne knows the precise moment to shake things up with a sudden, sharp surprise.”–Reading The Past
“Rife with Gothic elements, This House is Haunted will please fans of Jane Eyre, Ann Radcliffe and the like. A beautiful call back to the height of Gothic Literature.” –The Readist
“This House is Haunted by John Boyne is everything a classic ghost story should be…pure Gothic fun.” –Fourth Street Review