Talk about a gripping read, picked it up at noon, finished it by 4:30pm, just couldn’t tear myself away!
We follow the adventures of Aveline Jones (great name by the way) after she is left with her Aunt in Malmouth, a sea town on the south coast.
Aveline loves reading ghost stories…
The whole book was set at a pace that kept me hooked from start to finish with no spare fat on it at all, every word worked toward building up the characters and story in such a way that I hadn’t realised I’d almost got to the end in one afternoon.
All the main characters are great, but my favourite character is the bookshop, and of course Mr. Leiberman the owner.
Aveline discovers a ghost book in the shop which starts a chain of events that is scary but not too scary and is reminiscent of a good traditional folk ghost story.
Satisfying and full of bits that all add up in the end, really looking forward to reading book two tomorrow.