Last night I finished the fourth book in my goal to read 10 this month. So far I’m still ahead of schedule on my reading!
I picked up The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle this past Friday after I turned to my husband and said, “I’m judging this book by its cover!”
Then I actually read the line of text under the title, “A chilling prelude to Wuthering Heights“, and I knew I had to buy it. Contrary to the eye rolls my husband gives me every time I mention it, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte has been one of my favorite books ever since my amazing AP English 4 teacher in high school plopped it down on our desks for that weeks reading.
Here is the description of the book as listed on Amazon.com –
Tabby Aykroyd thought she was coming to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be a maid, but she’s not being asked to clean or cook. Then one day a man, presumably the owner of the house, shows up with a small boy. The boy insists he’s the master of the house, and curiously no one disputes him. Tabby is to be his playmate. The young master is a savage little creature, but the house itself contains far worse: Scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House. Tabby is terrified for her life and the life of her young charge. But why isn’t the young master afraid?– The House of Dead Maids by Claire B. Dunkle
The novel ties in Bronte family history, which makes it really interesting. On the author’s website she calls it a historical fiction. The protagonist of this novel, Tabby, was based on the real life maid of the Bronte sisters. Being the fan of Wuthering Heights that I am, I love how this book ties in original fiction with the story of Wuthering Heights, and the actual lives of the Bronte sisters.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a fun YA ghost story regardless if you’ve read Wuthering Heights or not.