We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson || Review

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Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Author(s): Shirley Jackson
No. of pages: 146
Genre: Horror, Classic
Publication date: 1962
Date read: October 27th 2018
5/5 ★


Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is perhaps the crowning achievement of Shirley Jackson’s brilliant career: a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the dramatic struggle that ensues when an unexpected visitor interrupts their unusual way of life.


This book turned out to be so different from what I thought it’d be – in a good way! I had expected it to be a ghost story, and in a way it was, but also wasn’t.

Although the story is only about 150 pages long, you get to know the characters quite well and because of that I really came to care for them. Which is also a bit weird, since the main characters are under suspicion of murder and hated and ostracized by the whole village in which they live. I love how some books can make you love the “bad” ones!

There was a plottwist in the book, but it was one that was expected. I had thought that the plottwist would be something way bigger (involving ghosts and mind tricks) than what it was, but maybe that would’ve taken away from the charm and mysteriousness the book possessed. The end of the book was quite open and most of the story, its characters and their lives remained a mystery after I’d finished reading.

If you’re still looking for a creepy story to read on All Hallows’ Eve, I recommend you pick up this one!

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