Oh how I LOVE a great ghost story! and this was a GREAT one! It had all the elements that I truly enjoy – an old mansion, a death in the family, and the mean stepmother-type character. It was a great and easy read that always had my attention. Florence Crutchfield, a 12-year-old orphan was found by her great-uncle Thomas Crutchfield and invited to live with him, his sister Eugenie and Florence’s cousin James at Crutchfield Hall. Florence learns about her new family before leaving the orphanage, and discovers that her cousin James is very sick and has been ever since the death of his sister, Sophia. Upon arrival at the Hall, Florence determines that her great Aunt doesn’t appear to care for her at all and that she strongly resembles her dead cousin Sophia. She also discovers that a ghost lives in the Hall and how powerful it can be, especially on death-day.
I truly loved this story, it was fun to read a ghost story that wasn’t plagued with today’s expected horrors. It was placed back in the 1800s and written in a way to reflect that time period. I’m not one for historical type novels, but even though it was written about a time period way back it was done in a such a way that it didn’t scare me off or overwhelm me. This is my first Mary Downing Hahn novel and having just read her website, looks like I have a few more books to read – her specialty is ghost stories and spooky mysteries – how could I have missed this!
I highly recommend this story.
Ages: 12 and over
“Odd, isn’t it? You know when your birthday is, but not your death-day, even though you pass the date year after year, never suspecting that someday…”
Note: since this is a digital galley I will not publish page numbers until I can confirm location in the published novel.
Hahn, Mary Downing. (2010). The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall. Digital galley obtained from NetGalley. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.