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review 2019-11-17 11:34
Wakenhyrst
Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver

DNF @ 35%

 

Baaah. This turned into an incredibly cliched and boring story at around the 20% mark. 

 

Even tho the story picks up pace a little after we get to the father's journal, it is still an incredibly annoying and boring story with none of the characters being really interesting. 

 

Is this meant to be YA?

That's what it reads like to me, and that really is not a good thing.

 

Anyway, on to something more engaging.

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text 2019-11-17 10:50
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver

Erm, ... Do we need all the details of Maud's life? Really? 

This had better be worth it.

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text 2019-11-17 10:01
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver

She helped Cole in the garden and he taught her how to put four seeds in every hole: One for the rook, one for the crow, one to rot and one to grow.

After my last encounter with Paver's work had been disappointing, I was not going to read her latest work - Wakenhyrst.

But...the book stared me down at the library yesterday.

So I caved.

 

I usually am put off by narrations from a child's pov, but I am not hating this one. What is more, the first pages of the book really grabbed me. 

Could a murder in 1913 be motivated by witchcraft? 

 

I am also digging the setting in the fen country. 

 

As with her other books, Paver's creation of atmosphere is masterful. I only hope that the rest of the story is as gripping as Thin Air.

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text 2019-08-03 19:51
Pre-Party for Halloween Bingo - Favorite Ghostly Tales
Thin Air - Michelle Paver
Der Schimmelreiter - Theodor Storm
Honeysuckle Cottage - P.G. Wodehouse
Sweetheart, Sweetheart - Bernard Taylor,Michael Rowe
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters,Simon Vance
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Die Legende von Sleepy Hollow: Erweiterte Ausgabe - Washington Irving
The Shining - Stephen King
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell

 

The last 2-3 ghost stories I have read were abysmal, I really enjoy remembering the good ones I have read over the years. Each and every one of these stories is excellent, but the one with the most chilling ending has to be Bernard Taylors "Sweetheart, Sweetheart". I couldn´t fall asleep after reading this book.

 

I just realized that the majority of these books fall into the "haunted house" categorie as well. The only exception is Michelle Pavers "Thin Air", which is set on Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas (a setting I prefer over Pavers other ghost story "Dark Matter", which is set in the Arctic) and "Der Schimmelreiter" (The Dykemaster), in which a ghost is haunting a dyke in Northern Frisia.

 

I hope that I can fit in another ghostly tale in my Halloween Bingo this year. 

 

 

 

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review 2019-07-24 12:00
Review: Wakenhyrst
Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I love gothic horror mysteries and that premise was what attracted me to this book immediately. However, this book didn’t really fulfil my personal idea of a gothic horror mystery. That being said, the mystery aspect was really good and I really enjoyed the story.

 

It starts in 1966 and tells through news articles of a report granted a visit to a once grand house and the lady, Maud, who owns the property. The lady is a recluse and as a child witnessed the descent into madness of her father. No one really knew what happened (this was back in 1913) and the house seems to have remained in a similar state since. The reporter has been digging into the history of the father and the mystery surrounding the demise of a once prominent and respected man from a highly well to do family. There’s rumours of witchcraft and devil worship and all sorts of superstitious things.

 

The lady retells the story as she remembers it and her father growing up from when she was a small child to when she was a teenager and when the incident happens.  The story tells of Maud’s troubled adolescence - she’s an intelligent child who wants more out of life than what her station will allow. Her father is a tough man to please – a historian. As she grows up Maud eventually manages to convince her father to allow her to use his library also helping with his translation of an old text with a religious theme.

 

We see passages as well from the father’s notebook, detailing his inner thoughts as the situations occur, with Maud, with his research and a secret from his childhood which haunts him and is driving him to the brink of madness. There’s a definite religious overtone to the father’s inner journals, demons and sins and secrets and penance and so forth. Though it’s well handled without being overly dramatic and overly preachy.

 

Maud discovers her father’s journals and begins her own investigations. It’s really quite fascinating and once you get used to the style of writing hard to put down. I’m not recapping a lot of the plot as it would be very spoilery. Maud was a really likeable heroine, strong willed and sensible, her voice was very easy to follow and as the novel evolves as a reader you really want her to succeed in her tasks.

 

There was nothing remotely scary or chilling about it so it didn’t hit the horror mark for me, but it was quite atmospheric.  The mystery was really good and it had a satisfying ending. I really enjoyed the book and would definitely read something by this author again.

 

 

Thanks to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for approving my request to view the title.

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