Tuesday 10 July 2018

TOOK by Mary Downing Hahn

Took: A Ghost StoryTook: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up for my Paperwhite because the story sounded intriguing. Plus, I'm a sucker for creepy dolls. Not to mention ghost stories get me every single time.

After the recession hit them hard, Daniel Anderson and his family had to leave their expensive life in Connecticut. Now they've moved into a shabby house in West Virginia and he hates it almost as much as his younger sister.

The people in Woodville aren't very nice, and the kids at school are even worse. While his parents get crappy jobs, Daniel and Erica keep to themselves. Except, Erica keeps withdrawing with her look-alike doll, and their parents are starting to act mean.

Daniel doesn't want to believe the stories about the old woman who supposedly lives on Brewster’s Hill with her razorback hog, but when his sister goes mising he's forced to believe in the unbelievable...

This book was SO spooky.

It might be advertised as a middle-grade story, but I still loved it. It's super spooky and mysterious, and so creepy. Loved how an ordinary, close family of four moves into a rundown house and slowly unravel to become four separate cogs distancing themselves from one another. Losing touch so badly even though they live inside the same house.

The atmospheric creepiness of the woods, and Auntie and Bloody Bones intensified as the story moved along. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next, and it didn't disappoint.

Although this is labelled a ghost story, I got fairy tale vibes all the way through. It's a little Hansel and Gretel, and a lot awesome.

I recommend this little tale to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned dark children's tale.

You don't have to be a kid to get spooked out.

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