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THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS

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Short and simply plotted, this prequel to Wuthering Heights is riddled with wonderful prose and the haunting quality of Brontë’s work. Tabby is delightfully inquisitive, and Heathcliff’s disturbing origins paint a vivid picture. Dunkle’s well-researched tale is fluid and dark.

Tabby Aykroyd has been taken from her foster home to be a maid for a reckless charge with Gypsy black hair in an eerie place known as Seldom House. The charge is a handful and innocently dark, blending in perfectly with the macabre surroundings. When the ghost of a dead maid begins haunting Tabby and the young master, she begins to question the purpose behind Seldom House — and discovers many more ghosts inhabit the property. Simple wit and cunning help Tabby find the reason these spirits cannot part from the earth. (HENRY HOLT, Sep., 146 pp., $15.99, ISBN: 9780805091168, HC, 12 & Up)
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John Jacobson