Curse of the Dead-Eyed Doll, another book in ‘The Haunted States of America’ series, was a fun read. Robert the doll, over 100 years old and on display at the local Civil War museum, doesn’t like to be disrespected and you MUST ask his permission before taking pictures. Of course Al, a boisterous teenager who doesn’t believe in curses, takes Roberts picture and insults him just to add insult. What ensues is a tale of bad luck for poor Al as his days go from bad to worse, between bugs in his dinner, lightning strikes and flat tires – ROBERT DID IT all.
This is a fun short read, I like haunted dolls and all that business so it was definitely one for me. The book itself isn’t particularly frightening or anything but it is entertaining.
I’m rather enjoying this series of tales.
always walked there. Now they’re not alone…
In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.
Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their
visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales
of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who
is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happening in
the old print shop? And who is the little girl with no face?
The legends of Henderson Close are becoming all too real. The
Auld De’il is out – and even the spirits are afraid.”
I knew I was going to adore this book before I read it, I
just had that feeling. I was right. This was my first time reading Catherine
Cavendish and not my last. This book hit all the right notes for me. I have so
many happy memories of Edinburgh, including Old Town, Royal Mile, and of
course, the infamous ghost walks through the old closes of the city.
Hannah has started her new job as a tour guide at one of
Edinburgh’s famous closes. Henderson Close. She has left her old life, and
moved up to Edinburgh for a fresh start. This is her ideal job, she loves drama
and acting, and this is just perfect for her. The idea of these ghost tours is
to gently scare the customers, while also giving them a peek into the dark
history of Edinburgh’s Old Town. What Hannah didn’t expect of course, was to
come face to face with actual ghosts, and an evil that has been following her
for her entire life.
Catherine Cavendish does an amazing job within this book of
giving you the feeling of being there, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, surrounded by
the stench, the claustrophobic closeness of the buildings, the noise and the
nervous uncertainty. She takes us on a journey though time, and into the midst
of a murder mystery. Just who was Miss Carmichael’s killer?
This is what Hannah, George and Mairead must find out. A once
sealed evil has now been released into their world. Their only way to stop it,
find the killer, the one who got away, before it’s too late.
Everything about this book spoke to me. The characters are very real, with their distinct personalities shining through the pages, giving them life. The setting, the atmosphere of Edinburgh past and present is tangible. You can almost smell the manure, the human waste. You can hear the whinnying of the horses, the clatter of people. She brings Henderson Close to life.
Having been on a couple of the walking ghost tours while in
Edinburgh last year, this was like going on a third. It was exactly like I was
there again, gripping onto Andy as we stumbled through the closes, being
treated to jump scares from our tour guides and nervously wondering if a ghost
was actually there, watching me. I love how real it felt, Hannah and her co
workers getting into character. Taking on the roles of people from the past,
engaging the customers and taking them on a fun history tour with a few good
scares thrown in for good measure.
The mix in the story between the late 1800’s and the present
day was perfect. There was no confusion, I never once felt like I was getting
lost with the story. The pace and flow are spot on. I particularly enjoyed the
time-slips, Hannah and Mairead appearing to slip back into Henderson Close’s
past. It was very exciting to read and the ending, my god, the ending was
unexpected. I loved it.
If you have read Catherine Cavendish before, then I need say
no more, you are of course going to be reading this book. If you have not, like
me, then all I can say is that you are missing out greatly. This is a wonderful
story, beautifully written, with real characters and a perfect setting. Plenty
of scares and creepiness included. This is definitely going in my re-read pile.
I loved it.