I finished The Paris Wife last week and felt a little mopey for a few days. I enjoyed the book, but it was hard to know what to pick up next. I rummaged around the bookshelves and stacks of books that seem to flourish in our house. And came across We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I remember that I bought it because the forward convinced me, in just a few paragraphs, that I should.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it instantly captured my attention. The first half has a wonderful amount of Hitchcockian suspense and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. When thinking about it, it reminded me of Arsenic and Old Lace, and Agatha Christie novels. It also reminded me of I Capture the Castlewith a little Dickens and Mary Shelly, just a bit.
About two thirds of the way through the book there’s a traffic clash of characters and I stayed up until 3am to finish the book. You would not have been able to pry it form my hands I was that intent on finishing.
The book has interesting, slightly unsettling illustrations. I can’t decide if I like them or not, but I think they suit the book well. It was fun to read something so quick and engaging. Now what to read next…