A Book That Scares You
As well as being pathetic and crying at everything, I am also quite easily scared. This said, I quite enjoy being scared by books – it’s exciting and somehow more enjoyable than being scared by films which I have to really be in the right mood for else I hate.
I could pick one of many Stephen King novels for this however the first book that sprang to mind was one that will probably surprise you – my Mum’s favourite book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Yes, you did read that right.
The book scared me silly, listening to the audio tape scared me silly and even the film/TV adaptations give me the creeps. I just don’t like it at all.
A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Burnett’s classic story of a disagreeable and self-centered little girl and her equally disagreeable invalid cousin is as real and wise and enthralling now as it was when it was first written over 75 years ago. The strength of her characterizations pulls readers into the story, and the depth inherent in the seemingly simple plot continues to make this sometimes forgotten story as vital to the maturation of young readers as Tom Sawyer and Little Women.