How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club – Book 2
First Impression: Want.
Synopsis: When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less-than-warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid, and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don’t know is that their aunt’s life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries – before it’s too late for little Mimi. Riveting and intensely atmospheric, this stunning debut will hold readers in its spell long after the last page is turned.
200words (or less) review: “Atmospheric” is the perfect word to sum up Lindsay Barraclough’s writing. I know I’m not the only one to touch on this in reviews but I can’t think of a better description. From the moment I read the first few pages I was enthralled.
The pace of Long Lankin is slow, intricate guiding you along beautifully as you follow Cora and Roger’s efforts to unravel the mystery Guerdon Hall. Despite my concerns about the length of this book I didn’t feel the story dragged.
The alternating narrations not just from Cora and Roger but also Aunt Ida worked really well. Especially in regards to Aunt Ida who, I feel, without it would have been a very hard character to be concerned about.
I was expecting to hide behind cushions (I’m a big wuss) but while I found the whole legend of Long Lankin fascinating I wasn’t scared, more intrigued and suitably unnerved in the right places.
According the author section Lindsay Barraclough is working on a sequel. I have no idea how that work but will be looking forward to finding out.