This House is Haunted is the perfect book to read on a gloomy fall day. It is written in Gothic style, and carries elements of favorites such as Turn of the Screw and Jane Eyre. Eliza Caine, following the death of her father, embarks on a new adventure as a governess. The house is suitably creepy, as are the children. It's over the top at times - deliberately, I believe - just as a good Gothic novel should be. Some people might call it formulaic and not particularly original, and I suppose they're right. But for me, the formula it followed made it...I don't know, comforting, I guess. It was like hanging out with an old friend. Also, I think This House is Haunted it about more than just that. It's an homage to a kind of novel that no one writes anymore, while poking a little fun at it.
This House is Haunted is fun and fast-paced. If you're looking for a modern tale of horror with lots of blood and guts, this isn't the book for you. If you're a fan of the classics and a little subtle humor, check this one out.
I give This House is Haunted four stars.
*I received this book for free through Net Galley.