Author: Patricia Clapp
Genre: Gothic, Ghost Story
Etc: The Witches' Cauldron was also bound with this novella. I just chose not to read it.
I admit, I am a big fan of the Gothic genre even though I don't read that much of it. I find that I intend to, but the intentions fall wayside. So, even though this novella was written in the late 1960's, it TAKES PLACE in the early 1900's. And there's a mysterious death. And a stoic grandmother. And a big house with an even bigger yard. Ooooh, AAAANNND a mysterious glowing ball in the middle of large yard.
Knowing it was a shortie, I jumped right into it and must say, I'm somewhere on the borderline.
Louisa is accompanying her niece Jane to her grandmother's home for a summer visit after Jane's parents died in a tragic car accident. Jane is young - like eight, nine, or ten? I can't remember off hand. She immediately takes to her grandmother, Mrs. Canfield, who hasn't been around a child in forever. Mrs. Canfield's own daughter, Emily, died a tragic death when she was twelve-ish.
But don't feel sorry for Emily because we soon find out she was a wretched kid. I mean, this girl had some serious issues. And you'd think that maybe that wretched girl would move on in death, right? But not at all. She's just as manipulative and selfish.
I really enjoyed the writing, but I wished that there was more to the story. It seemed too simple and yet not long enough. Does that even make sense?
Finally, this is classified as a YA. I find that pretty interesting. I've been trying to find out some information about it when the novel was first published. For instance, was it as big of a hit as Twilight was to our youth?
Important question folks: What are your favorite gothic books?