16 Sep

What an odd rendering Sadie Jones has given us with The Uninvited Guests. Goodreads deems it a ‘brilliant pastiche’ with ‘sprinklings of acerbic wit’ and ‘spine-tingling horror’.  I’m not sure, but with this description, I don’t think I was reading the same book they were.

If, by ’pastiche’ they mean imitation or spoof – which is actually what this word means, then I say yes, they got it right. In an attempt to copy the greats who write ostensibly in the Edwardian vernacular, Ms. Jones writes with such fluidity that I found it difficult to stop reading, however, if one were to dissect the phraseology, one would spot the forgery immediately.

The sprinkling of wit was annoying. I wanted the story to move along. Jones, on the other hand, felt it was time to take a little break, and stalled my momentum. As for spine tingling horror? Nothing spine tingling about this ‘horror’ story, since what could have been misshapen so as to create a fright, was well anticipated, much too obvious and fell flat.


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