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Haversham Hill Paperback – May 16, 2008
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One of the things that stands out with this novel is Morris's very in depth descriptions. This helped me get more wrapped up in the story and I felt this aspect really added to the overall feel of the book.
As for characters, the black cat and the ghost stand out. These two made the story more dynamic and were believable as villains. I found myself fond of the black cat because he was so unpredictable. You never knew what he was going to do next.
The history of the house goes back for centuries and in my opinion this added to the factors of where the ghosts came from, how they became ghosts, how many there were and going back how far.
I wouldn't go so far as to call this horror but there are some similar elements, as well as some similarties with fantasy.
Haversham Hill kept me reading up late wondering how the story would come out.
Amber O'Donnell buys a new house out in the country to get away from her hectic life in New York City. Right away mysterious things begin to happen. There are whispers in the village of witchcraft, but little does Amber know just how much her dream home is steeped in it. Before long a ghost is appearing that terrorizes Amber's twin daughters. And that's just the beginning.
The book is full of well-developed and likeable characters, from the spunky Amber herself to the good village witch who tries to help her family. It is also very descriptive, creating an atmosphere that pulls you in from the beginning. I really liked this book and look forward to reading the future works of Sunni Morris!
While it's not obvious if Morris was inspired by Dickens Great Expectations or not, those who love a big spooky mansion, ghosts, and witches, will not be disappointed by reading her first book Haversham Hill. I wanted to read this because I'm a sucker for a haunted mansion full of history and ghosts.
Amber O'Donnell, the lead character, also falls in love with the three hundred year old mansion deep in the New England woods. She and her two daughters purchase it as an escape from the city and as a new start. The real estate agent is a bit too eager to be rid of the listing, a sure sign that this may not be Amber's dream home after all. And as the family settles in, those dreams soon become nightmares.
Morris has a strong talent for description, almost reminiscent of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour, another book about big old houses rich in family history. She really helps the reader to envision every little detail of the mansion and the surrounding grounds. And like Rice, while I enjoyed Morris's attention to detail, she sometimes becomes too wrapped up in it and ends up straying from the story too much and finding it hard to get back.
Like any good ghost story, the set-up begins with the things that go bump in the night. The children begin seeing and hearing things. Both the family in the story and the reader find themselves on the edge of their seats as Morris sets up a glorious and believable haunting that any A&E ghost chaser would want to investigate.Read more ›
I liked seeing Amber's thought process and the way she tried to sort out the issues she was dealing with in her life and figure out who she could trust. It was easy to understand why she fell under the spell of that gorgeous old house. I didn't set this down until I knew how it all turned out. Kudos to the author for this remarkable debut novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For anyone who loves a good ghost story. This book is the one for you.
It is a page turner. Could not put it down.
Have not read such a good read in a long time.
Ms. Morris has taken an old school of writing approach in her delivery of this suspensefull, page-turner, keep you guessing, ghostly form of story telling and made it her own. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by R. W. Wells
In an age where it seems vampires are the norm in stories, it was refreshing to find Haversham Hill and it's ghostly inhabitants. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Tammy Suto
As a professional editor I found Haversham Hill a waste of what could have been a good plot had it been written by someone who knew how to put words together and sentences. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Marilyn L. White