The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn: Review

Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

Synopsis from Goodreads: When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents’ death.
But Florence doesn’t expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it’s too late?

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a short novel by award-winning author Mary Downing Hahn.  This classic ghost story is a quick and easy read that is appropriate for even the youngest of young adult readers or wimpy adults such as me.  Hahn creates a creep-tastic plot that unfolds within in the walls of Crutchfield Hall just outside of London.

When twelve-year-old Florence is taken in by her uncle she thinks life is finally taken a turn for the better.  The only problem with Florence’s sunny new future is the plans being hatched by the ghost of her cousin Sophia.  With the help of her cousin James and a delightful servant Nellie, Florence discovers just what the three of them must do in order to put Sophia to rest, for good this time!  The plot and the characters are both richly written and fully developed; there is not a slow moment in the entire book.  All in all this book is an excellent and entertaining read that has an appropriate level of creepiness for young readers.

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