We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson with Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor)

158 pages first pub 1962 (editions)

fiction classics horror literary dark mysterious medium-paced

Description

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods - until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, ...

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Moods

dark 93%
mysterious 81%
tense 42%
sad 21%
emotional 16%
reflective 14%
funny 10%
challenging 9%
adventurous 4%
hopeful 1%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

medium 55%
slow 26%
fast 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 65% | A mix: 26% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 31% | Yes: 16% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 47% | Yes: 28% | No: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 86% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 4% | Yes: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.96

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