My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genuinely creepy ghost story that made me want to hide under the duvet a couple of times! Written from the perspective of a Cambridge don and beginning with the disappearance of a young girls in Hamleys just before Christmas, this starts like a typical haunted house story, with sounds in the attic and mysterious photos featuring dead people. As the story unfolds and the evil in the house takes a firm grip the story takes a disturbing turn and the ending and the thoughts it left me with were quite horrific. A couple of times I lost the plot slightly – I’m still not entirely sure of the connection between Liddelly and Petitouil, or the protagonists own familial connections – but overall this was a deeply disturbing novel, and definitely an author worth investigating further.