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I picked this short story book up from work recently where we have a charity table for books. I used to read a lot but since kids, the reading time is significantly less so shorter books are more achieveable sadly.
Brief intro - without giving anything away
The story follows young Edward, an orphan who goes to stay with his aunt one summer. He is lonely and bored but fortunately he is joined by his vibrant cousin Leonora who entertains him and gives him some company; albeit on her own terms. During their summer holidays the pair have a few odd arguments but the main one is over a doll Leonora is given for her ninth birthday. She hurls the doll in to the fireplace, cracking its china scull and Edward feels responsible for the damage and her overreaction but he can't explain why. Roll forward twenty five years and the two cousins meet again to hear the will being read by his aunt's solicitor.
The book is written looking back at the main protagonist's childhood and then forward to the present day, where he tries to explain the strange things that have happened.
This book felt too short, it was easily read over a few bath times. There are things in there that are spooky and strange but it also feels that it is written for a young audience although I don't think it is teen fiction.
I enjoyed reading this but would not read it again and have no one in mind to pass it on to so will probably return it to the charity book case!