Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough
"Said my lord to my lady, as he mounted his horse,
Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.
Said my lord to my lady, as he rode away
Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the hay.
Let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned,
Except one little window,
where Long Lankin crept in..."
I don't know where to start... I liked this book. The first few pages of this book will draw you in, I mean is that not creepy? I was intrigued just by the passage above. Although I'm not upset about it, I'm not ecstatic about it either. Not being from England, where this novel takes place.. was very difficult for me. I mean yes, I get it.. you're basing the book in England, so you should have the correct language. However, I felt like at times I needed an urban dictionary, because I just couldn't get past some of the slang. You can pretty much guess what the word means, but at times that was all I could think about... distracting me from reading.
This is one of the slowest paced books I have read. *Note* I did NOT say boring! I'm not using this as a criticism, to the Author either. The book was well written, albeit at times confusing to me. I think, that Lindsey could have toned it down a little on the details. Details are good, but an over excessive use of details just takes me away and distracts from the actual story.
Being a "horror" story, I wasn't scared during this, creeped out? Yeah.. kinda. Long Lankin can definitely be perceived as terrifying... if you're a bit younger and more easily influenced than I am, it could totally get a rise out of you. I will say there were a few disturbing scenes, as in all you can think is "OMG that's disgusting". Lindsey did a great job with the gruesome parts, making you feel like you're really seeing, hearing, smelling what is written on the pages.
Being Lindsey's first novel, I think she did an amazing job. I would definitely read another one of her books, may it be a follow up to Long Lankin or a stand alone.
-Beth [Vixen 2]