Folkloric and atmospheric, The Bone Houses was one of the better books I've read this year.
I was in a fantasy reading slump for months - and The Phantom Forest pulled me out of it.
It did not disappoint.
4 stars As usual, Ruth Ware wraps you around her twisty finger and pulls you in against your will.
3 stars “A wall, after all, isn’t just about keeping others out. It can also be for trapping people inside.”
The book starts off mid-action and does.not.stop.
3 stars 18 year-old angry, rebellious, stubborn Stella is in jailed for the murder of 33-year-old Chris, businessman and millionaire. The question is: did she really murder him?
Is this a haunted house book, or are its inhabitants the ones who haunt themselves? It's hard to tell.
The book is clawed through with suspense, and while reading most of it in one sitting, I was unnerved and sufficiently spooked.
Craven Manor was a (heartwarming?) haunted house novel.