The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
Summary (from Goodreads)
The year is 1856, and orphan Abigail Tamper lives below stairs in Greave Hall, a crumbling manor house in London. Lord Greave is plagued by madness, and with his son Samuel away fighting in the Crimea, the running of Greave Hall is left to Mrs Cotton, the tyrannical housekeeper. The only solace for the beleaguered staff is to frighten Mrs Cotton by pretending the house is haunted.
So when a real ghost makes an appearance – that of her beloved mother – no one is more surprised than Abi. But the spirit has a revelation that threatens to destroy Abi’s already fragile existence: she was murdered, and by someone under their very own roof. With Samuel returned to England badly wounded, it’s up to Abi to nurse him back to health, while trying to discover the identity of the killer in their midst. As the chilling truth dawns, Abi’s world is turned upside down.
Well, page 20 came and went so quickly and before I knew it, I had stayed awake to read the whole book! That’s how much I loved it.
I felt like I was there in the house with everyone, trying to figure out what happened along with them. I could easily see this as one of those murder mystery type movies that I would be riveted to the entire time.
Even though the whodunit was not too hard to figure out, it was still really interesting watching it get pieced together. The Poisoned House is just spooky enough to make jump a few times and definitely interesting enough to keep you reading! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book.
Anyone that likes murder mysteries or suspense books needs to pick up The Poisoned House. It was creepy and riveting. I loved it!