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The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason

The Wayward Girls: The perfect haunting read as the nights draw in . . .

Amanda Mason

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Imprint: Zaffre Publishing
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Publication date: 5 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781785767135

When strange, unexplained occurrences in the house begin to disturb their every waking moment, the family gain even more notoriety. Then a group of strangers arrives, fascinated by the mysterious goings on, and becomes increasingly entwined with this eccentric family.

4 stars out of 5
Natasha Pulley
17 Oct 2019

"– a near-perfect ghost story"

What sets The Wayward Girls apart is its finesse. With a touch so light that it appears accidental at first, Mason arranges things in pairs. Two girls look alike; one character is called Loo, and another Lew; there are two sets of researchers, and two haunted houses – one occupied by a young family, the other a care home. Before long, these pairs start to feel like the flickering of two images pasted together on a film reel. Even the prose has a celluloid quality; the point of view switches mid-paragraph so suddenly that it can be hard to follow, as though the film on the projector has slipped. Brilliantly, all of that is a clue.