I recently finished watching the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House, which is based on a novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Having really enjoyed the show, when I stumbled upon We Have Always Lived in the Castle and noticed that it was written by Shirley Jackson, I absolutely had to try it out.
This book was so… blah. The writing was painfully repetitive and everything about it was underwhelming.
There’s something about a story that involves scientists going on an expedition and finding horrible creatures that just works.
I was holding it together for most of the story, but the ending of this book completely wrecked me. I cried like a baby. Sadie, our main character, is out for revenge. She thinks she knows who murdered her sister- the sister that she took care of for years, and played the role of mother to- and she's going to find him and make him pay.
I’ve become so wrapped up in the world of the Falcones while reading this series, and I’m really sad that it’s come to an end. I didn’t expect to like this series as much as I did, especially after the first book, but it snuck up on me and I’m sure it’ll stick with me for a while.
I am sooo happy with where this book ended up going! We got WAY more Millie, more Luca, more suspense, and tons of actual substance in the plot. I honestly don’t understand how the first book in the series could have missed the mark on so many levels, and then we’re given this book that is 200 times better. I couldn’t tear myself away from this book, and there were multiple times where I had to stop for a second and just say “holt shit” and process what I just read.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book; the summary left a lot to the imagination. Throughout the story you get to see the narrative from different points of view- Catherine, her husband, her son, the Author of the book about Catherine, etc. I felt that the novel did a good job of showing how different people interpret things in their own way, and how stories can be twisted and details can be filled in to fit the narrative the story teller is trying to convey.