Friday, August 27, 2010

(arc) Review: The House Of Dead Maids by Clare B Dunkle

Releases September 14, 2010

What I Thought:

The author manages to take a character from Wuthering Heights and spin a totally creepy back story for him in this book.

It's a YA/MG novel that as an adult I enjoyed reading. I think teens and kids will like this one as long as they don't mind the creep factor LOL! (But I think that the cover makes it obvious that it's creepy, right? I should say that I think it's an awesome cover!)

It certainly encouraged me to go an pick up Wuthering Heights and read it. (maybe that's what the author wants...) It definitely made the classic seem appealing as I wanted to know more about this character AFTER The House Of Dead Maids.

The writing in this book was fluid and even thought it's set in a historical time the dialogue is easily understandable. I don't personally like reading books that I have to look up every other word to see what it means which I imagine would be frustrating for anyone.

Overall it was a quick and spooky read that I really enjoyed!

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. Why do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous devotion that extends beyond the grave?

As Tabby struggles to escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young charge choose a different path. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed himself and any who try to befriend him.

You should check out the author's website here. It has tons of great info about the book and what went in to writing it.

About The Author:

Clare B. Dunkle is the author of the acclaimed Hollow Kingdom trilogy, as well as By These Ten Bones and The Sky Inside. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.

**review copy provided by publisher


  1. I gotta check this out. I adore Wuthering Heights :)

  2. Never really got into Wuthering Heights (I know...GASP!) but that doesn't necessarily mean that I wouldn't read this....and that cover.... *shudders*

  3. SOunds kinda freaky. I love the cover.