We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson *****

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Merricat (Mary Katherine) and her older sister Constance live with their disabled uncle Julian in a rambling old house that used to house many more family members. Merricat ventures into town to shop once a week – no more, as her neighbors are actively hostile and rude toward her.
However, there may be a very good reason for that hostility, as we gradually learn…

When the (we suspect) money-grubbing cousin Charles arrives on the scene, the precarious equilibrium that the two sisters have preserved in Blackwood House for the last six years will be disastrously upset.

This short book is a masterfully crafted, disturbing window into insanity – all the more so because I think that most of us can imagine wanting to eliminate all the things that upset us. We can all relate…

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