We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson with Thomas Ott (Illustrator), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor)

fiction classics horror dark medium-paced

146 pages | first published 1962

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Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, is...
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Moods

dark 95%
mysterious 80%
tense 44%
sad 24%
emotional 17%
funny 14%
reflective 12%
challenging 7%
adventurous 4%
hopeful 2%
inspiring 1%
informative 0%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 57%
slow 27%
fast 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 65% | A mix: 26% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 36% | No: 35% | Yes: 25% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 45% | Yes: 29% | No: 24% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 87% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 3% | Yes: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 3%

Average rating

3.99