Book Review: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

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Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Bodley Head (hardback), 2011
464 Pages

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT
A chilling, beautiful debut novel inspired by a haunting folk song about murder, witchcraft and revenge.

Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss . . .

When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome, and are desperate to go back to London. But Auntie Ida’s life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, and now her nieces’ arrival has reawoken an evil that has lain waiting for years.

A haunting voice in an empty room … A strange, scarred man lurking in the graveyard … A mysterious warning, scrawled on the walls of the abandoned church . . . Along with Roger and Peter, two young village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries – before it is too late for Mimi.

Intensely atmospheric and truly compelling, this is a stunning debut.

OPENING PARAGRAPH
There’s too much sky, and the further out of London we go, the more of it there is.

WHAT I THOUGHT
I thought Long Lankin was great.

This is the sort of creepy, supernatural novel I adore. I loved the atmosphere created throughout the novel, the constant sense of foreboding and something sinister lurking just out of sight. I had shivers down my spine many times while reading the novel. Long Lankin is truly creepy. I had chills. I liked the way the point of view moves between different characters. I didn’t like this at first and it took 50 or so pages to get used to but then it worked really well.

I loved Long Lankin and look forward to reading the author’s next book, The Mark of Cain.

RATING

5 STAR

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