Besides young adult books, I am a lover of spooky, keep-you-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night, suspense books. I have been since I was a kid. I read one over a month ago I loved so much I just have to share.
Entitled “Long Lankin” by Lindsey Barraclough; it’s a story about two sisters who have been sent to live with their great aunt. Unbeknownst to these young girls, their arrival has awoken the monster that curses the land their great aunt lives on. Long Lankin only preys on children, and none have lived in the great aunt’s dilapidated house for many years.
The writing is so “English”, it took these “American” eyes about a chapter or so to catch the rhythm of the story, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I loved how the plot unfolded through the eyes of the children as they first discover the threat, then how to defeat it. The story is pretty intense, especially the end, so prepare yourself for scary, not gory (I don’t do horror), just make-your-heart-pound scary.