Genre: Mystery; Gothic Horror
Publisher: Penguin (Modern Classics)
A family poisoned by arsenic. Two surviving sisters made pariahs of their community. The tension spirals; the atmosphere grows thick with a leaden dread. This a mystery heavily laced with gothic horror: in the Blackwood’s sprawling, ramshackle grounds; in Merricat’s superstitious rituals; in the insidious, underlying violence Jackson’s creation perpetuates. Young Merricat’s internal world is shocking; the denouement equally so.