This House Is Haunted by John Boyne, hardback by Doubleday, priced £14.99 (ebook £8.54)

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Many people will be familiar with Irish novelist John Boyne for his international best-seller The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which went on to be made into a successful feature film.

Many people will be familiar with Irish novelist John Boyne for his international best-seller The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which went on to be made into a successful feature film.

This offering from Boyne is set in the late 1860s and is a chilling ghost story telling the tale of Eliza Caine, who following the death of her father takes a position as governess at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk.

Right from the outset, the reader is drawn in to the mystery surrounding the house and Eliza’s two charges, Isabella and Eustace.

With no other adults present at the house, Eliza has to turn to the local villagers and the family solicitor to find answers to her questions. It is clear from the start that there is a malign presence in the house, but who is it and what does it want?

The story is both unsettling and absorbing, with the writing doing a fantastic job of evoking the period in which the novel is set. Both dark and mysterious, it will have you gripped.

Rachael Dunn