“Weird book, nuff said. ”Susan F wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was just odd. Slow moving at the beginning, then it got to the twist and became more interesting. However, such strange and unbelievable things kept happening that it just became odd.”laura l wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting story with quirky characters. Everyone was tested in this unusual tale. Entertaining.”DoriJSmith wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a very odd book that is hard to define. It is set in the early 20th century in a grand house, Sterne, as the new husband Edward travels to Manchester to try and secure the future of the house. Left behind are 19 year old Clovis, sister 20 year old Emerald, the younger sister Smudge and the bonkers mother Charlotte. It is the day of Emerald's birthday party and as they make their preparations, there is a rail crash nearby and lots of bedraggled survivors show up, as well as one charming and outspoken survivor who, it turns out, knew Charlotte in her former tawdry life.
I guessed the twist early on, which is that the passengers were actually killed in the crash and it is their ghosts that are at the house. This is odd in itself - and the ay the people in the house react to them is bizarre and unrealistic. The character of Charlie, who was once in love with Charlotte is very over the top. There is also a sub-plot involving Smudge bringing a horse into the upstairs of the house, and the family have to knock a wall down to free it. This part was completely irrelevant to the rest of the story and was a bit boring.
Also there is a perfect happy ending where there should have been some form of twist.
An odd book that I find it hard to know if I liked or disliked! ”
“Strangely dark and unexpected. Yes.”Susan S wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an odd little book which does not fit neatly into any one category. If you're a bit of an anglophile, you will enjoy this book. Don't read any of the summaries as it will spoil some of the interesting elements.”Trish V wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“★ ★ 1/2
Whoa! You want a weird, ugly, & dark ghost story w/ a happy romantic ending? Well, then, This Is The Book For You!
Let's see: it is Emerald's birthday, she is having a dinner party for old friends, family (mother, brother & baby sister), & neighbors. Step-father is off to town trying to secure a loan, so that they might stay in their family home, rather than move to a smaller one which he can afford on his own.
So after he leaves, there is a train wreck and the people from the train (The Uninvited Guests) arrive unannounced to find shelter until all is cleared up. Unfortunately another more evil man from Mother's past shows up and plays ugly games and causes havoc....
The part I liked (which gave this the 1/2 ★) was the baby sister: she brings the pets up to her room and holds them against her wall, and draws the outlines of their bodies on her wall w/ charcoal...... But in the midst of the ensuing chaos, she brings her Pony up to her room in order to do the same!
Otherwise this was too creepy for me and a part of it offended my sensibilities.”
“I loved this book! The plot was engaging and I was intrigued with the characters. I thought the fine details and sly bits of humor were great. And although it was of the period, it had a subtle edginess that really appealed to me. ”KatyBird wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No