After a massive tragedy in her life Elspeth Swansome moves to the remote island Skelthsea to take a job as a nanny for Mary, who hasn’t spoken a word since the death of her brother, William. The previous nanny left very suddenly only a few days before William’s passing. Elspeth feels a strange sense of discomfort in the old family house and starts to uncover secrets that weren’t ever meant to be revealed.
This is a really creepy book that feels like a Victorian Gothic horror that has remained a secret until now, it really is that good. Straight from the opening chapter you know that there’s something wrong, it has a great sense of foreboding and dread. The atmosphere that Rebecca Netley creates is perfect, it grows slowly throughout and made me just want to keep reading and reading. It was something that whenever I put down, would stay in my mind until I had time to pick it back up again.
Much like a lot of the classic ghost stories, this is all about suspense. You never really know what’s coming next as the story reveals itself. It works really well and honestly had me jumping at shadows I could see out of the corner of my eye while reading. This is something best read alone at night. There’s nothing too extreme that will keep you awake at night, but it is chilling.
Reading this gave me the same feeling as reading something like The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe. It just felt like a classic the second I picked it up. I knew from the opening page that this was going to be something I was going to love and the rest of the book didn’t disappoint. The story feels satisfying with its reveals and twists, the terror grows perfectly and I really liked all of the characters.
I don’t have anything bad to say about The Whistling. I just loved it from start to finish. I think this is a must read for anyone that likes Gothic fiction and ghost stories.
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