The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish

click meHow did I get the book? Borrowed from the Library.

Genre: Horror

First Impression: Creepy.

Synopsis: When Elliott and his brother move into the old and crumbling Glebe House they don’t expect to find themselves sharing it with ghosts. But soon sinister events are unfolding. An old diary reveals glimpses of the mansion’s past – and of a terrible tragedy. An old woman talks to ghosts – but is she in fact being controlled by them? And what of the sinister East Wing – a hideous labyrinth devised by a truly twisted mind? Can Elliott and his family escape the clutches of Glebe House? Or will they end up trapped in the endless maze of corridors, forever hunted by the dead

200words (or less) review: I’m not a fan of ghost stories but I couldn’t resist this and I’m so glad I didn’t. The Hunting Ground is creepy and disturbing for all the right reasons. I was so engrossed in the story I forgot pretty much everything around me.

The Hunting Ground has a split narration; most of the story follows Elliott and his younger brother as they unravel the mystery of Glebe House but one of their clues is the diary of a young boy called Theo whose family were the last occupants at Glebe House in the 1960s. The diary takes up a big chunk of the book and to begin with I wasn’t convinced. That said it actually worked really well, particularly in adding to Eve’s character.

The story never loses its intensity – you’re pretty much at the edge of your seat from page one and it doesn’t let up till the very end. The idea with behind the paintings only enhances the disturbing nature of the book.

I would have picked a slightly different ending in regards to certain character’s choices but is this is the standard of YA Horror then I’m most certainly reading more books of the genre.

Recommend it?

Absolutely.

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