The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing HahnAdolescent Ghost Story
Hahn is the best adolescent ghost writer there is, and maybe ever was! Her stories are always creepy, spooky and spine-chilling. In other words, near perfect.
Florence is an orphan and is being sent to a new home, the house of a distant relative--her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall. She hopes to find a better home or at least a small bit of affection but finds neither. Instead she finds an emotionally distant but pleasant uncle, a hateful scolding aunt and an invalid cousin. All of them seem to revolve around the absence of Sophia, a cousin who resembles Florence and who died a very grisly death. Sophia was the center of the family before her death and she tries to use Florence to regain that power.
I am a huge Hahn fan this one certainly didn't disappoint. It was very creepy and thrilling and made me want to sleep with my night light on. Which I did. And, I'm 42 years old if that tells you how creepy her stories are.