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Book Review: We Always Lived In the Castle



We Always Lived In The Castle was written by Shirley Jackson who also wrote The Haunting of the Hill House which was adapted into a Netflix series in 2018. After reading the description of the book and realizing it was written by the same author as the series, I was so excited to read it.


The Goodreads blurb states: “My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead…”


I was intrigued and the audio book on Libby was only six hours long. The description reminded me of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Based off of the twists and turns in The Haunting of the Hill House, I was so excited for a thriller.


Though the story definitely had similar vibes to Miss Peregrine, it proved to be slow and uncaptivating. I liked the ominous, magical undertone so I kept reading to see what would show itself. Many people say they felt claustrophobic while reading. I admit I was constantly on my toes waiting for the other shoe to drop. The writing was still fascinating. Just prepared to spend your time gnawing at the words and sinister whispers rather than the plot.


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