4 stars · fiction · horror · paranormal · young adult

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Long Lankin

Author: Lindsey Barraclough

pages : [hardcover] 448

favorite characters : roger & kittie

summary :

Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss. . . .When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid, and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don’t know is that their aunt’s life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries — before it’s too late for little Mimi. Riveting and intensely atmospheric, this stunning debut will hold readers in its spell long after the last page is turned.

review :

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for so long! And not only because it has a completely gorgeous, creepy, intriguing cover . . No, that was only part of it, however much that made me look into it in the first place. I’ve been trying to read more YA horror and I’ve heard such good things about Long Lankin. I really enjoyed this read, though I think that it could have been much better.

For one, the entire time I was frustrated because the whole town seemed to realize someone would die if they stayed in that house. Why, then, couldn’t they just take someone away and then let the danger be gone so they could all live happily, without the entire horror story coming along? I can’t imagine that all of them would be so heartless. Anyway. Moving along!

The novel is extremely slow-paced, though this leads to a deeper display of the characters, the time period, and world building. It’s a sort of puzzle for a while but an entirely predictable one as the cover and the song printed at the beginning let the reader know what’s coming for them right from the start. There were some long, drawn out scenes that seemed highly unnecessary . . Like a cricket game that was described in great detail and the only lasting impact was a single question one of the kids managed to ask that almost got them an answer they needed. Almost.

I did like it a lot, in retrospect, but it isn’t a read that I’d go back to again and again. The ending was wonderful and action packed, just like I’d hoped it would be, and it definitely redeemed a lot. I’d recommend this to fans of horror who don’t mind waiting for at least 350 pages to go by before things get really heated.

3.5 / 5 stars


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