Shirley Jackson's deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, macabre humor, and gothic atmosphere. Six years after four family members died suspiciously of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods-elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and eighteen-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat-live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives-cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune-and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret.
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"This story is a happy combination: a gripping listen matched to a narrator who delivers the story perfectly. While it's not action packed, thrilling, tense, or any of those other adjectives usually applied to a mystery, one just cannot switch it off. Told with an air of deep despair, it remains a tale that will not quit. There's no blood or gore, just a melancholy lady, whose voice is laden with fathomless unhappiness. There's something about the Blackwood family, hated by the people in the village . . . The whole sorry history is laid out by the youngest of the Blackwoods, a girl of 18. What has happened? What could possibly cause such terrible sadness and pain? It's a compelling journey to the depths of the human soul, with an ethereal narration that almost defies description. Just listen. B.D.J. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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