Things in this story felt a little strange straight from the beginning, but not enough that you could put your finger on exactly what was wrong. There was obviously something peculiar going on, but the author did a great job of hinting enough that things became questionable, without giving anything away too early.
I can’t say I’ve ever read a book quite like this one. When the synopsis said that Charles Manx can slip into hidden roads and take children to “Christmasland”, I assumed this was a tangible place he created that existed in the book’s real world.
Chester and Serena had children for all the wrong reasons. Twins! It will obviously be a boy and a girl. The babies were born, Jacqueline and Jillian, two perfect little girls. Except Chester wanted a boy. They were supposed to have the perfect nuclear family; what are they supposed to do with two girls?
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.