Author: Pam Smy
Genre: Fiction / Paranormal / Middle Grade
First published: 2017
Edition: Hardback, published by David Fickling Books in 2017
I was not sure what to expect from this book. I had seen it a couple of times on blogs/Youtube and I was intrigued by the idea of this book.
The book consists of two storylines, one in 1982 told by way of diary entries, and a second in 2017 told solely in illustrations.
Eventhough this book has about 530 pages, it is a quick read, partly due to the amount of illustrations, but the text chapters are simple and sometimes sparse. I love the atmosphere it manages to create. Very eerie indeed, which makes it a perfect October read.
The story is simple, but I feel that serves the format well. The story gripped me enough and I really enjoyed this book.
The illustrations are suitably eerie. The gardens and the house are wonderfully done. I found the drawings of people a little crude, but that did not take away from the story for me.
I love the physical book as well. It’s a hardback without a dust jacket. The slightly embossed image on the front reflects the story well.
Overall, if you want a quick eerie read, this could be for you.
5 out of 7 stars