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Haunting, The Margaret Mahy

Haunting, The

Margaret Mahy

Published January 1st 1991
ISBN : 9780440404088
Paperback
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If I could use one word to describe this novel... it would be - odd. Which makes it genuinely discordant and spooky for a psychological drama, dotted with very beautiful chilling descriptions... but the strange choice to make the novel carry itself entirely on dialogue means it runs out of steam very fast, at the expense of plot and story development. If the novel was a play, it would consist of one act! Seriously, ONE thing happens in the entire story and its predictable at that. I dont doubt the quality of Mahys writing, but too little happens and it is over to fast to be a satisfying read for me. A case of a lauded novel of its time not standing the test of time due to modern day readers expectations and the changed nature of the YA genre? I personally believe The Changeover has fared better.