Friday, 27 April 2012

White is for Witching - The Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon Continues


So as you know by now, I'm participating in Castle Macabre's Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon this week.  The Read-a-Thon is hosted by Michelle, also known as The True Book Addict and there are giveaways and lots of twitter activity so feel free to jump in - it's not too late!

So far I've finished The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and now I've moved on to White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi about another house with possibly evil intentions!  The writing is very different - it doesn't have the same brooding Gothic vibe but it's definitely a good read so far!


This is the Goodreads blurb -

In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. Lily is gone and her twins, Miranda and Eliot, and her husband, the gentle Luc, mourn her absence with unspoken intensity. All is not well with the house, either, which creaks and grumbles and malignly confuses visitors in its mazy rooms, forcing winter apples in the garden when the branches should be bare. Generations of women inhabit its walls. And Miranda, with her new appetite for chalk and her keen sense for spirits, is more attuned to them than she is to her brother and father. She is leaving them slowly -
Slipping away from them -
And when one dark night she vanishes entirely, the survivors are left to tell her story.
"Miri I conjure you "
This is a spine-tingling tale that has Gothic roots but an utterly modern sensibility. Told by a quartet of crystalline voices, it is electrifying in its expression of myth and memory, loss and magic, fear and love.
I'll probably post an excerpt so you get an idea of the writing later today.

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