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The Haunting of Tabitha Grey by Vanessa Curtis - Review

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Where did I get it? The library in my village
  
What's it about? Tabitha's Dad is a museum curator who's just got a new job at Weston Manor as a live in Keeper. But as soon as Tabitha arrives at the manor strange things start to happen - she can smell lavender, sees women in navy blue dresses who shouldn't be there, and the old servants' bells ring in the night. Tabs is just trying to be an ordinary teenager but the manor won't let her.
There's a big twist which I guessed and I can't decide if that's just because I'm an adult and have read stuff like this before, and whether a teenager wouldn't have seen the twist, or whether it was just a really obvious twist clumsily done. 
What age range is it for? 12+ I guess, if you're not easily scared. 
Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No
Are any main characters non-white? No
Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Not really. Tabitha is quite traumatised though 
Is there any sex stuff? No
Are drugs mentioned or used? No
Is there any talk of death? Yes, but not in graphic terms. 
Are there swear words? No
Would I recommend the book? Not really. Parts of it are really good - especially when Tabitha is getting scared in the manor, like in the bedrooms and the hallway - but it isn't very well done and I felt the story was clunky overall. 
How many stars? Four out of ten 
Where is the book going now? Back to the library!

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