Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

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Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

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We follow a woman who moves into a cottage on the estate of a formally grand Scottish manor and begins to get to know the inhabitants of the main house.

I expect a book - even one billed as a psychological thriller - to have some kind of build up in the first chapter or so, but I got 1/4 of the way through and felt nothing had actually happened. She wasn't an entirely likeable person but seemed so self-righteous in her own opinions that, even if I had wanted to like her, there was no hope of it. The settings are vivid and the tension is palpable, which is the main reason I didn’t abandon this halfway through, because for the rest I was fairly disappointed. An unnamed narrator arrives at a remote cottage in Scotland, one that is attached to the titular House. I finished this book feeling short-changed and that's not a good way for a reader to feel at the end of a 5 day investment.In the first brisk days of autumn, a woman arrives in Scotland having left her job at an all-girls school in London in mysterious circumstances. There are moments of metalepsis, when the narrator’s future self adds commentary: what would turn out to be the last time… or words to that effect. It is set in the modern day, there are planes and computers but it reads as if it is a long past era.

As the story progresses the lines aren't so clear and the forces that are taking effect seem to be surrounding, if not coming from her.The experience reminded me a little of reading things like Gone Girl I just got caught up in wanting to know what was going on, even though I wasn’t expecting a satisfying denouement.

Everything about the story, how it’s told, how it’s written, the strength of the voice, the momentum of the plot.There is also an unreliable narrator, a single woman, approaching middle age, who has left teaching following an “incident”, some “mass hysteria” in the classroom. At first she seems to be on holiday, but then she just offers to rent on a more long-term basis, and she’s in. I’m a bit of a fussy reader and if a book doesn’t grab me in the first chapter or two then I give up on it. I liked it and can recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of a gothic-style, atmospheric mystery – in this case one which is set among the countryside and winding lanes of southern Scotland.

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