I started out reading this but quickly switched to the audio version which I highly recommend. The narrator’s voice made this very strange, twisted, whimsical and haunting story come alive. Her whispe...
r-like tone added much emphasis to the spooky and gothic atmosphere. It is probably best going in unknowing, but the eerie looking cover gives hints at the darkness and creepiness of the story, that was at times humorous and always engaging. It contains some of the most interesting and eccentric characters, among whom are sisters Merricat and Constance, who share a dark family secret. One of my favorite characters was Merricat’s very humanlike cat, Jonas, who somehow made the story more enchanting. This had all the traits I love in a book: gothic elements, psychological suspense, and an unreliable narrator. 5 stars!
This was my first Shirley Jackson novel, and to tell the truth, after reading so many good reviews about it I cannot say I was taken aback by reading it. On the other hand though there were things I liked.
What I liked was the way of writing. It is simple but sophisticated somehow. The same applies to the description of the events. It was as if you could see everything happening in front of your eyes very vividly. Also, while reading it I had the feeling of a storm coming. The preparation of something big that was going to change everything. As for the narration of Merricat... What can I say... She made everything look so trivial... Even the most depressing and serious event in their lives. Nothing could stop her from living in her own universe.
What I didn't like was that I expected more of the ending. I thought that something more would happen. But on the whole it was an enjoyable reading. Not tiring at al.