Guest review from Kulsuma from sunshine and stardust
Creepy, atmospheric and rich in detail, Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough is the perfect book to read if you want to be scared. It centres around two sisters, Cora and Mimi who are sent away from London to live with their Great Aunt Ida in Bryers Guerdon in the 1950s. Their mother has left for a reason not known until later in the book and their father can’t look after them as he has to work. Though their Aunt Ida is less than thrilled to have them living with her, the girls soon make friends with two village boys, Roger and Pete. Together, they uncover the long history of Aunt Ida’s house, the village’s deep, dark secrets and a truth that was thought to be legend.
I really enjoyed Long Lankin as it was scary, suspenseful and memorable. I don’t read a lot of horror so this was a welcome change. I cared about Cora, Roger and Aunt Ida; the three characters who narrate the story. I felt engaged throughout the entirety of the story. Though Aunt Ida seemed harsh from Cora’s point of view, reading from Aunt Ida’s point of view cleared up a lot of questions and misconceptions about her and made sure I was mostly curious about the titular character, Long Lankin himself.
Long Lankin was very suspenseful as information about him was given slowly but surely throughout the book, making me read on. I found the mystery and history surrounding Long Lankin exciting. I really liked the fact that many characters had something to share about Long Lankin; it was like a puzzle that Cora had to solve to save not only Mimi but the dead too.
What I loved the most about Long Lankin were the fantastic descriptions. I had no trouble visualising the village, the house and Long Lankin. This could easily be made into a movie. I would have loved to see even more of Long Lankin throughout the book and wanted him to speak, if he could. The ending was full of action, horror and suspense which made for a very satisfying finish to the book. I would love to read more from Lindsey Barraclough as Long Lankin was everything it promised to be and more. Long Lankin is one not to be missed.
Excellent review! Thank you Kulsuma