August 3, 2012

Review of Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough


Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss. . . .When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid, and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don’t know is that their aunt’s life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries — before it’s too late for little Mimi. Riveting and intensely atmospheric, this stunning debut will hold readers in its spell long after the last page is turned.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Publish Date:  July 10, 2012
Publisher:  Candlewick Press

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion ** 

Creepy!  That pretty much sums up this book for me.  Those tales that your parents used to tell you to scare you into being good…what if they were real?  What if they weren’t tales at all, and were in fact true, and just waiting for the right moment to present itself again?

A story set in England, Long Langkin follows sisters, Cora and Mimi, as they journey to their Auntie Ida’s home to live while their father gets his life on track, and a mother who is not able to take proper care of them.  Auntie Ida is not at all happy to see them show up on her doorstep, and does what she can to persuade their father to collect them and get them as far away from Guerdon Hall as possible.

During their stay at Auntie Ida’s, Cora and Mimi are befriended by brothers Roger and Peter.  Always looking for an adventure and as curious as children are, Roger and Peter take Cora and Mimi to a church that Auntie Ida has warned them not to set foot on.  It is after their first visit to this church that things start becoming eerie.  Something has stirred and is now craves what he has been waiting for, for decades…Mimi.  Long Langkin is awake…and he’s hungry…

I had pretty much reserved reading this book for late night thrills.  Although it did seem to take a bit for the story to start to progress, there were points, even in the beginning, that gave me the heebie jeebies.  The descriptions of the surroundings, of the noises that could be heard, the feelings of being watched, the fear, the worry…everything combined is what wrapped this story into an unforgettable package.

The characters themselves were wonderfully written.  Author, Lindsey Barraclough, really did a fantastic job writing in the point of view of multiple characters, of different age groups.  Long Langkin is told through the eyes of mainly Cora, Roger, and Auntie Ida.  Due to old letters that are found in the home, we are also treated to the POV of characters in the past, which helped in building more of the storyline.   The Chapters are separated with dates, and the span of the story is pretty much 22 days.  The point of view changes various times in the chapters, which allows the reader to see what is happening from different aspects.  You would think that it would be quite confusing with the jumping around of POV’s but it was done seamlessly, efficiently titled as to whose POV we are reading.

When the truly scary parts started to happen, I was in a trance.  I couldn’t tear myself away from the pages!  The descriptions of the hunter vs. the hunted was done so well.  I was able to picture every little detail of what was happening!  I was terrified for this group of characters!  I was literally yelling at my book, telling them what to do, where to go…to hide, to run!  Suffice to say, they did not heed my warnings.  Long Langkin is definitely a nightmare come to life.  The writing found within the pages of this book is incredible, and well worth the read.

I also loved reading the sisterly love aspect of this book.  Although it did annoy me to no end how mean Cora was to her little sister Mimi, when push comes to shove, your sister is your sister and you would do whatever it takes to save her.

I recommend  Long Langkin to fans of scary reads, and are definitely in need of some creep factor.  If you want something that will have you start to question the sounds in the middle of the night, you definitely want to pick up this book.

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  1. If definitely need to read this one! Great review!

  2. Krystianna

    This one sounds good! I’ve heard only great things about it so far. I haven’t read a horror novel, but I love anything creepy. I’m definitely going to read this one. Thanks for the review!

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Oh my sweet goodness this sounds so creepy good! Your late night sessions had me freaked and i was only reading your review. I love that the world building was so good. For the month of October I am reviewing Things that Go Bump in the Night and this sounds perfect for it ! awesome review cupcake!

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