If you enjoy creepy reads all year round, this is the book for you. At a little over 200 pages, it's a quick read, but it'll stick with you. Shirley Jackson is known mainly for her short story The Lottery, so if you liked that, this will be a treat.
Years ago, most of the Blackwood family was killed when someone put arsenic in the sugar bowl. Now only our narrator, Merricat, and her older sister and uncle live in the giant Blackwood estate. When a distant cousin comes to stay, their fragile lives are upset for good.

Try We Have Always Lived in the Castle if you liked See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt or Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque by Joyce Carol Oates.

Recommended by Kim Anguish

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