This book was almost a Victorian gothic. An old dilapidated house (called The Hundreds) that has been in the Ayres family for generations. Enter the local Dr. Faraday and things begin to get interesting. Is the family suffering mental illness brought on by the stress of looking after the house during wartime rationing or are they truly haunted. I found myself trudging through some parts of the book, but the ending was definitely worth the perseverance.