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This one is getting 35 stars from me It s not as good as Long Lankin but it was still an enjoyably creepy ead with lots of atmosphere Long Lankin scared the crap out of me The year I ead that book I pushed it on anyone and everyone that I could I d still ecommend it than most books especially if you are looking for a Gothic ead and I know Gothic books are getting and popular lately it seemsPsychological horror is my favorite favorite thing in movies and in books I find the unknowable terrifying than the knowable That is to say I don t find gory stuff scary at all just gross It s a very are film or book that can pull off both I should do a post on that at some point At any ate The Mark of Cain is definitely Gothic than horror as I didn t find it nearly as scary as LL I still eally liked it though because it brought back my favorite characters and a setting that has emained memorable in my mind for a very long time especially the church I guess the eason I didn t eally like it uite as much as because it didn t do as much for me emotionally I definitely enjoyed the flashback scenes the most because it created sympathy for the antagonist and Cain Lankin himself and explained how the curse came to be But I also sort of felt like LL didn t need a seuel even though it was a fun ead It s not that I think it tarnished the original book s legacy or anything like that but it was not uite up to that standard either The story arc wasn t as good and neither was the imagery I had a hard time picturing where things were located and that is not an issue I had with the first book Also the fact that the girls had to move back to this estate where something horrible happened to them and their father just kind of shrugged it off and pretty much deserted them there felt sort of unrealistic to me I m find with the absentee parent trope but this went a bit too far for meAll that said I still eally enjoyed it and thought parts of it were creepy and I liked the idea of the book and things like the witch bottles and the flashback scenes like I said and I did enjoy the ending So I do ecommend it but with eservations You don t HAVE to ead it if you don t want to This makes me very excited Long Lankin was good and creeepy I hope this book brings that same mood that Long Lankin brought So glad that I found this Loved loved loved this I m such a fan of Barraclough s writing This one seemed a bit darker YA ish than Long Lankin and it s absolutely dripping with that damp and earthy English folklore atmosphere which is pretty much my favorite sort of atmosphere to ead about Also the historical flashbacks about a young witch are fantastic You know the author s good when she makes the eader empathize with the villain even after the villain has done many terrible things Super excited for Barraclough s next book and I so ecommend this and Long Lankin to anyone in the mood for a very classy well written horror story My ating 25 of 5 stars I am bound here for as long as there are Guerdons in the world I must be in it And they have eturned to the marshlands to me It s been four years since Cora and Mimi lived to tell the tale of Long Lankin The two girls survived however the scars they acuired are hidden beneath their skin After their father ecently came into an inheritance their Auntie Ida s undown mansion he tells them that they e moving to the village of Bryers Guerdon Right back to where it all happened Long Lankin may no longer be a threat but he wasn t the only one left to fear 400 years prior a woman by the name of Aphra Rushes loved a leper who was known by the name of Long Lankin She was sentenced to death at a young age for murdering an infant and his mother a spell with the intent to cure Lankin which had gone awry With her dying breath she placed a curse on the Guerdon line who were esponsible for her death Flash forward to the Halloween of 1962 and her ashes have isen up from the ground to fulfill the curse that she placed on the Guerdon family before she was covered in pitch and burned at the stake I am the dust of charred bones and ash I ve considered Long Lankin to be one of my all time favorite gothic horror stories and news of a follow up story had me most eager even if I didn t understand the necessity There s a wonderful air of mystery to The Ma. 1567 Aphra is not a normal child Found abandoned as a baby among the eeds and ushes the two outcast witches who aise her in their isolated cottage are never sure if she was born or just pushed up through the foul black mud for them to find Little Aphra's gifts in the dark craft are clear even as an infant but soon even her guardians begin to fear herWhen a violent fire destroys their home Aphra is.

Rk of Cain a constant sense of impending catastrophe The writing itself is elouent and I delighted in the eerie events depicted the old derelict mansion that was unsettling on its own yet the girls memories of their time spent there made it even so their temporary guardians that caused discontent than comfort due to their forever absent father and the strange items that they would find around the house like the bundle of twigs tied with ed twine or the archaic symbols sketched on the doors The pacing felt constantly off and I ultimately feel it should not have taken all 496 pages to each the point we did The slow pacing could have been easily made up for if that sense of impending catastrophe was heightened just a smidge The story is told mainly from the point of view of Cora who is now fifteen years old and is struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy for her eight year old sister Mimi The only trouble is since Mimi was taken by Lankin she eturned a changed child able to see things normal people cannot Including the current terror haunting them in their new home Because we e told this story from the POV of Cora there s a bit of a disconnect of knowledge that keeps the eader in the dark since Mimi efuses to discuss anything with Cora What I m assuming was intended was to add even mystery to this story but it only caused the story to falter leaving it feeling all very subdued as if Cora wasn t actually experiencing it all firsthand Regardless of the fact that Mimi is only eight years old having the story told from her point of view would have been a vast improvementI ve come a long way in the horror genre since I ead Long Lankin back in 2012 In that eview I even admit to being a big weenie which I definitely wouldn t describe myself in terms of horror stories any Back then it took some serious encouragement to ead horror and now I d consider it one of my favorite genres Long Lankin was a most unsettling ead yet The Mark of Cain just didn t manage to leave me with the same impression I think it would be appropriate to actually describe this as Gothic vs horror for curious eaders This may not have completely worked for me but this is a Gothic thriller that will no doubt please many I eceived this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest eview This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my eview Uff I had a break from eading this as I went away on holiday I was kind of struggling with it before then and on my eturn just couldn t bring myself to pick it up again I m honestly not sure why it s just not grabbing me at all I m half way through and have just stopped caring It s not even that it s bad writing or anything like that and the early portion of the book did have me intrigued I guess this one just isn t for me Oooooh I think I might actually have found this scarier than Long Lankin I definitely enjoyed it Okay there were a few things that bothered me like the superfluous description and the kids conveniently overhearing people talking about Crucial Plot Points but I enjoyed seeing Cora and Roger as older teenagers along with their burgeoning feelings for one another Which I m eally glad wasn t overdone because this book didn t need an awkward teen omance Roger was as awesome as ever AS IF THIS NEEDS SAYING There s a line where Cora asks him to do something and he thinks to himself What s a chap to do because he can t say no to her It made me laugh out loud and then want to hug him I think he s adorable The jolly hockeysticks dialogue might not be to everyone s taste but I love how authentically 1960s this book feels the village s disapproval of Mr Drumm s mistresses was kind of hilarious Oh and I also liked seeing Mimi as a person in her own ight although it was frustrating when she wouldn t talk to Cora I wanted to see a lot of Mimi But I loved the glimpses we got of her her secrets and her strength I was trying to pin down why exactly I found this book scarier and I ve come up with three easons1 The setting Winter with ising icy flood waters and the oads blocked by snow feels claustrophobic than the sweltering summer heat in Long Lankin keeping Cora and Mimi trapped inside the house where the danger is2 The different threat Not knowing the witch bottles and marks were to protect the house and Left to fend for herself Years of begging and stealing make her strong but they also make her bitter for she is shunned and feared by everyone she meetsUntil she eaches Bryers Guerdon and meets the man they call Long Lankin the leper Ostracized and tormented he is the only person willing to help herAnd together they plot their evenge 1962 Four years have passed since the death of Ida Guerdon and

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Ot being able to keep Aphra from getting inside using physical barriers like they could with Long Lankin3 The lack of a proper guardian or adult to protect the children HOW USELESS WAS THEIR FATHER And the woman who did look after them then became a threat in her own ight one that they couldn t fight definitely scary stuff MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListWell this wasn t a wee bit creepy or anythingThe book starts out telling Aphra s tale She was found by a couple of witches down by the iver when she was a baby Aphra grew up loving her two moms so to speak She watched them practice healing for the folks but Aphra seemed to take a darker side She learns the use of voodoo dolls to make people that harmed her to suffer um but she would take it a bit farther than the witches wanted Anyhoo we all know the people of the village are going to come and put an end to the witches Alphra escapes and has to live in the woods and forests She meets Long Lankin in these woods he is a leper that is supposedly eally creepy as well They stay in a little hut together for a bit until some unfortunate events break them apart Aphra goes to live in the big house with the Guerdon family Lets just say things don t turn out eally good there for a few people including Aphra and she puts a curse on the family Jump ahead to the future and we meet Cora and Mimi two sisters that move to an old house with their dad and an aunt Their other aunt Ida left the house to them The creepiness starts ight off with voices seeing things moving in the corner of your eye to seeing things outside the window These things get so bad the girls aunt up and leaves them and moves back to London Just leaves a note for them to tell their dad I mean eally Just leave them out there in the middle of nowhere with the closest home across the hill So dad eplaces her with a lady from the town There is also a sweet boy named Roger that hangs out with Cora and helps her with the problems she is having These two women always seem to be on the oad to town when the girls head up there they seem all creepy at first but they are not what they seem Nothing in this book is what it seems but it all comes out Someone takes off the protective barriers to keep Aphra s spirit out of the house and you can only image Cora Roger and a few others have to fight to get id of Aphra before she kills everyone I found the book to be eally creepy word of the day CREEPY I also loved how the author described all of the surroundings I could picture every creepy thing Either way I enjoyed it I didn t ead the first book but this one does just fine as a stand alone book so don t feel like you HAVE to start with the first one And emember don t go creeping around out in the night either I would like to thank Random House Children s Books for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in exchange for my honest eview Originally posted on NOT ENOUGH BOOKS NOT ENOUGH TIMEI am sad Maybe I ve overdone too many spooky eads but I just couldn t get into The Mark of Cain I ead over 100 pages but had to leave it a DNF This is very devastating because I absolutely adored Long Lankin Not that The Mark of Cain was terrible the writing is just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book but it almost felt like it was a epeat of the first It s a new tormentor but same setting Same characters from the first I liked the idea of the same characters but I didn t get how their father who does seem a littl A darkly excellent seuel to the amazing LONG LANKIN Just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book THE MARK OF CAIN sucked me in and left me shivering I ead Long Lankin the book that preceded The Mark of Cain and eally enjoyed it so I picked this one up when I saw it The Mark of Cain serves as both a preuel and a seuel as it were to Long Lankin It explains the history of Cain Lankin from the point of view of the woman who loved him Aphra and then jumps to the events that take place after Long Lankin Cain and Aphra s back story is so compelling that it makes the eader empathize with them even while ealizing they are the villains in the endThe transitions between points of view and time period is very clear and easy to follow I will say that I am glad I ead Long Lankin first because the characters were familiar. Ora is back in Bryers Guerdon in the manor house her aunt left to her It is a cold bitter winter and the horrifying events of that sweltering summer in 1958 seem long pastUntil Cora's father arranges for some estoration work to take place at Guerdon Hall and it seems that something hidden there long ago has been disturbed The spirit of Aphra Rushes intent on finishing what she began four centuries

Lindsey Barraclough is the author of the acclaimed Long Lankin a companion book to The Mark of Cain The story can be read independently of the first she says although it continues the theme of long ago horrors — particularly witchcraft and revenge — seeping unsettlingly into the future Lindsey Barraclough lives in London with her family