Goodreads: The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward’s equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life destroying, consequences for everyone.
I’m afraid this book did not live up to my understanding of the above description. I did not find the housekeeper to be cruel, and I did not see anything terrifying or life destroying about it. The story was a let down.
I don’t want to say more about it as I wouldn’t give it a good review so better to not give it much of one at all. I give the story a D-