The Poisoned House
Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs.Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there's... show more
Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs.Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there's something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself---a secret that will shatter everything Abi knows.
Publish date: August 1st 2011
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Pages no: 319
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
I'm not sure I'll get past the first chapter of this book. Whatever else follows it, what I've read so far indicates precious little knowledge of the period, or at least conflicts with what I've always understood of it. It's supposed to be from "actual documents" narrated by a scullery maid. A scull...
To begin with, the book was ill-titled. Poison does enter into the story but the house has nothing to do with it. Judging from the first chapter in which the protagonist- a scullery maid- adamantly and somewhat violently attempts to escape her (voluntary) life of servitude one might assume that her ...
This is a mystery book I really enjoyed. Abi is a strong character despite the horrors she has had to endure when her mother died and she had to be under the instruction of Mrs. Cotton, the horrible head of the housekeeping staff. Mrs. Cotton has decided that Abi will bear the brunt of her anger and...
Historical mystery with an ominous Victorian setting.
Originally published at http://rantsnscribbles.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-of-poisoned-house-by-michael.htmlMy ThoughtsMichael Ford did a brilliant job writing a realistic story placed in Victorian times. It is so easy to immerse oneself into the daily comings and goings of Greave Hall, following th...