My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This one was a true 3.5 stars. I was really excited to read this one – the whole concept of a ghost story that takes place in a creepy, old English house full of people keeping secrets sounded fantastic. And while it did live up to some of the hype, I feel like the ending left a little to be desired.
Anne decides to run away from her problems in America by hopping on a flight London, where she discovers that an old mansion named Wildfell rents rooms for cheap. But the landlady and her daughter, Alice, are extremely strange. And then weird things keep happening, which is apparently a trend at Wildfell. In a house full of misfits, will Anne survive? Or be Wildfell’s next victim?
This book has a perfect atmosphere to be a great ghost story. And it is creepy. The author does a great job of subtly ramping things up the tension to create the crisis point. It was really intense and very interesting.
But I feel like the ending was a little rushed. Like, there’s the “final confrontation,” really pulling us toward the conclusion, and then….oh yeah, this stuff is what’s been going on, the end. It felt really inadequate compared to the build-up.
If it weren’t for the ending, this could have been a 5-star read. But the conclusion left me a little unsatisfied, which colored my view of the book overall.
Recommended for ghost story fans who like the action, but don’t require thorough resolutions.