Monday, July 9, 2012

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough



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Long Lankin 
by Lindsey Barraclough
455 pages
ARC from TLA '12
YA Horror
July 10, 2012

Book Jacket Summary
Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss. . . .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. 

My Thoughts
Scary, creepy, gothic, and wonderful! I have been wanting to read something like this for a long time. It is everything a person needs when reading a horror book. A slow sensation of something being wrong, glimpses of what may or may not be there, and a house on the brink of falling into it's own ruin. Based off the creepy song of the same name:

'Let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned,
And leave not a hole for a mouse to creep in.'

The doors were all bolted and the windows all pinned,
Except one little window where Long Lankin crept in.

I did mention that this was a creepy book, right?
The book is set in England and the language can get confusing but that lends it's self to the strangeness that leads up to the middle and end of the book. The elements of children disappearing and a haunted church make this book perfect for those who enjoy being scared. Long Lankin is freaking scary with the way you can barley see him at first and you see the ghosts that haunt the house. You can sense the adult's fear amd hesitation to tell the children what exactly is going on. All we know is that Mimi is in danger but how can Cora protect her little sister if she doesn't know what is going on. She has to sneak around to find information or find someone willing to help the newest generation that is to face Long Lankin. I do not want to give away much of the plot because it really builds up and you want to be suprised.
The suspense is built up perfectly and it made me jumpy if I was alone. Perfect for a summer read! Tweens and teens will read this long into the night to find out what is going on! Highly recommended!

Book Pairings
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
 

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