Blackbriar by William Sleator

Danny is living in London under the care of a secretary from his school when she up and decides to move them to the country to an old, abandoned house called Blackbriar. The house is creepy and the people in town won’t really talk about it. Names are carved on the door to the cellar, with dates from the 1600s, but the last name, Mary Peachy, has no date next to it. Danny is determined to figure out the secret of Blackbriar when weird things start happening such as a man coming to the door asking if Mary Peachy was home and roaring fires being built in the fireplace while no one is there.

Even though Blackbriar was written in 1972, it does not seem dated. It is slow to get started and the resolution happened a little too fast, but otherwise the story is very good. By about 1/3 of the way through I had trouble putting it down. My biggest complaint is the overuse of italics to show emphasized words in the dialogue. I found that very distracting. I really liked Danny and how he evolved and matured over the course of the book. I found the epilogue to be satisfying. I definitely recommend Blackbriar by William Sleator.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2014: 24
Pages Read in 2014: 5519
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Filed under Thriller, Young Adult

2 responses to “Blackbriar by William Sleator

  1. That sounds like a book worth reading! I’ll have to add it to my list of “want to read” books.

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