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The Poisoned House


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Page-turning ghostly thriller set in Victorian London From the talented and effortlessly adaptable author behind the Spartan Warrior series and numerous books in the 1.5 million copy selling Beast Quest series Michael Ford weaves a mystery worthy of Wilkie Collins, with enough chills to rival The Woman in Black and a deadly secret at its core

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Michael Ford read English and Classics at Oxford University. He worked in children's non-fiction publishing for several years before becoming an editor of adult fiction in west London.


Praise for The Poisoned House: 'Jim Carrington has succeeded in building a very real and malicious psychological bully ... An interesting plot-driven story and certainly a book to raise issues' Bookfest

Gr 6-9-The year is 1855 and orphaned serving girl Abigail Tamper, 14, tries to escape Greave Hall, an austere London mansion, in the dead of night. She is hauled back and forced to work for Mrs. Cotton, cruel and devious housekeeper to senile Lord Greave. It isn't just the dreary residents who frighten Abi; there's something terribly amiss in the house. Glasses crash to the floor, rooms are turned topsy-turvy and then righted again when no one is looking, handprints appear in impossible places. Deepening Abi's dread is the upcoming anniversary of her mother's death. She pins her hopes for brighter days on the heir to the house, handsome Samuel Greave, who is returning as an injured hero from the Crimean War. The two played together in childhood, when Abi's mother was Master Samuel's nurse, and they share a brother/sisterlike bond. But the eerie occurrences only increase on his return. Is Abi's dead mother trying to tell her something? Every gothic trope is put to use here: the silent butler, a seance gone wrong, messages via Ouija board, secret alliances, out-of-wedlock pregnancies (two of them), and a last-minute will that changes everything. This ghost story is light fare, chilling, and suspenseful. Readers who ask for "more like this book" might well be primed for something more substantial, like Henry James himself.-Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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