Anne Fine has written this novel as an introduction to Ďgothicí stories in the narrative tradition of Dickens and Conan Doyle or Saki. And it works well; itís not only a chilling page-turner, but it also introduces young readers to a more slow paced approach to the uncanny.
With Stine, you know what to expect. Simple language, stories with at least one twist, stuff to scare little kids. If youíre looking for a relaxing read, or if youíre a reluctant reader, this is the stuff for you.