We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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Read We Have Always Lived in the Castle Online Free - Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

Cover art by Thomas Ott.

Title : We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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ISBN : 0143039970
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 pages


Nataliya rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2013

Bizarre, strange, haunting, sinister, disturbing, twisted, foreboding, suffocatingly claustrophobic, leaving you with the ever-growing sense of unease. What else can I say about this book to give it justice? This is a chillingly terrifying story that has nothing to do with the things that go BUMP...

Bill rated it ★★★★★

August 23, 2017

This book is a masterpiece. It is short and spare and written in crystal clear prose, yet so evocative that it is richer in nuance than most good novels twice its size. It is so good I could kick myself for not reading it years ago, yet so mythic I am convinced I have known it always, like a trag...

s.penkevich rated it ★★★★☆

February 21, 2016

Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea? Oh, no, said Merricat, you’ll poison me. Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep? Down in the boneyard ten feet deep! A cliche in American horror films is to include children singing a song that is seemingly innocent at first, but gnaws...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2008

Ah Merricat, silly Merricat, I do believe I love you. I'm drawn to interestingly insane women, and though of course you would poison me in the end, what a maddening and mysterious time I would first have. You are high on my list of literary loves. At least ones I dare speak of. What I found so wo...

Fabian rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

A.K.A. "Grey Gardens" as done by William Faulkner. Are these unfortunate souls dead or alive in their domestic limbo? Oh, this is one delicious yarn with plenty of turns--with a terror that comes to us only by the Literary Mistress of the Dark Herself, Shirley Jackson. The luxurious morbidity, th...

Madeline rated it ★★★★★

January 19, 2015

In The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson's group of misguided investigators discuss the idea that some houses are inherently born evil, and are destined to be haunted from the moment they're built. We Have Always Lived in the Castle explores the opposite idea: how a home becomes a haunted h...

Raeleen rated it ★★★★☆

April 04, 2017

good stuff. (review to come)

Stephanie rated it ★★★★☆

September 20, 2016

4 stars -- bizarre classic tale with some thrills and chills.... I really like Shirley Jackson and especially enjoyed The Lottery! I do admit that it's taken me quite some time to pick up We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I am so glad that I did!! One of my groups picked this for a BOTM. I...

Luffy rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

This is one to cherish. I thought that I've seen everything there is to read. We Have Always Lived in the Castle almost...almost! surprised me. Here is the ultimate dysfunctional family. The Simpsons eat your heart out. Merricat has mostly her elder sister Constance to live with. Death by arsenic...

Jason rated it ★★★☆☆

June 25, 2013

I’m just going to come right out and say it: Shirley Jackson knows how to tell a story. Though she may be best known for her work in the psychological suspense genre, I’m pretty convinced she was not limited by this label, nor would she have been by any other, and this work would most likely fall...

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