Your House Is on Fire, your Children All Gone

Your House Is on Fire, your Children All Gone

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A village on the Devil's Moor: a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition. There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age--in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village's darkest secrets.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780143121466
0143121464
Branch Call Number: FICTION KIESBYE STEFAN
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 20 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Sep 26, 2016

"...the absence of what I can still see so clearly in front of me makes it hard for me to breathe..."
No enchanting landscape and bucolic environs, but the setting here is better and everywhere. I don't admit children tangled in evil deed and dark secrets appeal to me, however, this book gives more pleasure than fairy tales.
A thin book, packed with rich stories, narrated in each character's unique inner voice and prose flowing in elegant ease. I resist the urge to read again, and wish to hear the sequels, e.g. "Anka in Big-House", "Martin and Linde after last tryst", "Rise of Alex", but none of these would be as tasteful to hang on the magic spell, when the characters grow into adulthood, pass the tender, anxious, and observant adolescence.

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gorgonzolasurprise
Oct 07, 2014

An unnerving book about a tiny provincial town and its superstitious, violent inhabitants. Very quick and dark.

336emily Dec 30, 2012

A genuinely creepy novel told in an intentionally banal style. Really interesting with a ending that will stick with you

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