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Hare House: An Atmospheric Modern-day Tale of Witchcraft – the Perfect Autumn Read

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She develops a prickly relationship with her neighbour, Janet, and a growing friendship with her landlord, Grant, and his somewhat flighty sister, Cass. I started Book for Thought in 2014 as a space to record my thoughts on books I read and be a part of the wonderful online book community. It is very lonely, with only her gloomy elderly neighbour Janet for company - until she is befriended by her landlord Grant and his beautiful adolescent sister Cass. Hare House is also brought to life brilliantly, down to the creepy taxidermy which 'decorates' its walls. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

We follow a woman who moves into a cottage on the estate of a formally grand Scottish manor and begins to get to know the inhabitants of the main house. The idea of this book had me really excited to read it as I love a witch story but this novel fell flat for me. Grant and Cass's home, 'Hare House', is a gloomy place, decorated with multiple stuffed hares in human costume. I just wanted to get the feel of other peoples thoughts on this as I loved the journey, just not the destination while reading this.And Cass, initially friendly, soon reveals herself to be volatile and manipulative - and to be convinced that she is being targeted by a witch. I couldn’t help thinking if a man were to rent a house, people wouldn’t be so quick to have them doing chores and taking care of a seventeen year-old without learning more about them. At first she seems to be on holiday, but then she just offers to rent on a more long-term basis, and she’s in.

I have, if you will forgive me, kept names to a minimum here, for reasons that will become understandable.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I have always loved hares – they carry a sense of wildness and an other intelligence that rabbits lack and it is no wonder that they have been connected to witchcraft and shapeshifting through folk lore. She immediately insinuates herself into the household of the troubled teen girl and her handsome older brother.

Hare House is hiding something sinister and damned and as winter slowly starts to tighten its hold it brings with it more than just snow which soon blankets everything it touches in a muffled silence and the dark, twisted history of madness, grief and loss begins to emerge all around to once again haunt those who still dwell on these grounds. It did not quite unsettle or inveigle its way under my skin as Andrew Michael Hurley’s Starve Acre did – oh look! Through the narrative, we learn what had happened in London: our narrator’s class of girls fainting and falling unconscious together, which was mysterious and unsettling enough and which resulted in something of a witchhunt where our narrator was scapegoated and left under a cloud. Essentially, this didn’t quite have enough plot for my taste, feeling to me more as directionless meandering, but also didn’t go deep enough in exploring its characters to read like a character study. Everything about the story, how it’s told, how it’s written, the strength of the voice, the momentum of the plot.In terms of the characters, I found the main character very hard to like and she thoroughly annoyed me. And as autumn turns to winter, and a heavy snowfall traps the inhabitants of the estate within its walls, tensions rise to fever pitch. This was super slow and I expected everything to be explained at the end but there were 0 answers and 0 explanations to the ‘eerie’ things that happened throughout the book.

The story is filled with suspense and the possibility of discovering at least one manslaughter under the influence of alcohol and am answer to whether Janet is a witch and what happened to make her so bitchy and cold. Too many plot points were never explained, and the book seemed to feed into stereotypes without challenging them in any way.

It is the start of the year, the weather has chilled so far that the car needs de-icing in the morning and I am reliant on my head torch for my morning runs, and I am both driving to work in the dark, and coming home in the dark. When you finally find out why the narrator lost her job, the event itself and the investigation after were so improbable that I just don’t believe it would ever happen that way, even in fiction.

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