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The Poisoned House: 01/16/19
The Poisoned House by Michael Ford is set in Victorian London, primarily in an old house. Abi works as a servant for an ailing lord and his uptight housekeeper.
Abi believes the housekeeper killed her mother and the recent appearance of a self described psychic has brought old memories to the surface. Abi too seems now to be haunted by her mother's ghost.
Then the lord's son comes home from war, severely wounded and possibly mad from his injuries. Abi and he used to be like brother and sister. Can she still trust him?
This book was an intense and quick read once the initial set up was finished. The book is rather like The Haunting of Hill House where the bad vibes of the house are amplified by the people. Just as there are no explicitly define ghosts in Jackson's novel, Ford's book has a few moments where it could be memory or emotion behind the ghostly phenomenon.
Unlike Hill House, there's a happy ending, at least for Abi.