World War II has engulfed the Continent and London is being bombed into oblivion. Katherine and her siblings must leave their mother and great-aunt for a school in Scotland. Their father has sent word to their mother of the plan – and Katherine is not happy.
Before she leaves for Rookskill Castle, her great aunt gives her a chatelaine – an ornament with several useful silver charms on it. Her great aunt claims it holds some special powers. Katherine is not so sure.
She is also not sure of what is going on at the Castle, but she suspects Lady Eleanor is a Nazi spy. Too many strange things are happening – like being locked in their bedrooms at night.
Then her classmates start disappearing, and Katherine decides she has to do something.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox is a thriller. I was listening to the audiobook, and then had to check out the book because I had to know what happened next – and I wasn’t driving enough to satisfy my curiosity.
It’s a thriller, but I don’t recommend it. I felt the magic in this book didn’t have much of a purpose. Maybe because it’s obviously the first of a series, so many questions are left unanswered. But I would consider this book to be an introduction for children into the horror genre as adults. That might be fine for some families, but not mine.
I do not recommend this book.
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