Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford

Abigail is a maidservant in Greave Hall, an elegant London household governed by the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs Cotton. Whilst the widowed master slips slowly into madness, Mrs Cotton gradually usurps the position of gentlewoman of the house. She wears his dead wife's jewellery and clothes, entertains guests as though the house is her own and reserves her most despotic treatment for Abi. In the dead of night, Abi makes a desperate bid for freedom, but is soon captured and returned to Greave Hall. As Mrs Cotton's malice intensifies, a ghostly presence distracts Abi with clues to a deadly secret. And Abi now realises that she can trust no one in the house.

Paperback, 283 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing
***1/2

 A YA book taking place in the 1850's, there is the haunted house, strange housekeeper and even weird things taking place (the master is losing it) and poor Abigail is stuck in the middle.  All making up for a nice gothic/mystery/paranormal book that will appeal to not just YA but adults also.  I enjoyed it, it kept my attention and had me guessing right to the end.

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