“Awesome little story that puts a whole new twist on the idea of the haunted house. There are a lot of unhappy endings in this story. I won't ruin it by telling you more.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Awesome little story that puts a whole new twist on the idea of the haunted house. There are a lot of unhappy endings in this story. I won't ruin it by telling you more. ”Eileen M wrote this review Wednesday, December 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Remember the old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is"? Too bad the Rolfe family didn't pay heed. Marian Rolfe longs to escape from the Rolfe family's tiny, cramped apartment that's located in a hot and noisy New York City if only for a couple of weeks. But unfortunately the family's limited finances prevent them from doing so. Salvation arrives in the form of an opportunity to rent a house for the summer out on peaceful Long Island for a ridiculously low price. Marian's husband Ben is suspicious of the whole matter, especially when they arrive at the place and see that the house advertised in the newspaper as being for rent is not a mere cottage but instead a mansion, huge but also in a state of disrepair, yet complete with a beautiful greenhouse and a swimming pool on the extensive grounds. However, Marian's determination to obtain for her family a pleasant vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life wins out over any misgivings that Ben may have and the Rolfes, their son David and Ben's aunt Elizabeth move into the house for the summer. So far so good.
But in stories like this there's always a catch. The owners of the home are the Allardyces, an elderly brother and sister, who plan on taking a vacation away from their Long Island home for the summer. They're happy to rent their mansion to the Rolfes but on one condition: that Marian provide home care for their housebound mother during their stay. Marian agrees, the papers are signed, the Allardyces depart and the Rolfes move in. Ben, David and Aunt Elizabeth are left to their own devices as Marian develops an obsession with not only polishing and restoring the mansion's numerous antiques and treasures but also with the care of the ancient Mrs. Allardyce, unseen and unheard behind her locked bedroom door. It's Mrs. Allardyce that's the true heart and soul of the summer home, and it's a heart that's as black, twisted and evil as one could ever be. It's Mrs. Allardyce that puts the Rolfes into danger, and it's Mrs. Allardyce who decides who should live, who should die, and why. A good, scary little book that was also made into a film.