The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier
Review by Andreana Duffy
Summary: The Night Gardener is about two Irish orphans who take up work in an old mansion. There they meet an odd family with odd ailments. They soon there that at night a creature stalks the grounds and they must uncover the mystery behind the creature and the curse that keeps it bound to the house.
The Night Gardener is an English Victorian ghost story. It’s filled with the same horror, fantasy and thrills as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is technically marketed as a children’s book. However, in my opinion, it is appropriate for teens and adults as well. This novel will remind you of fairy tales with their cautionary tones. Furthermore, Auxier does a really great job of portraying his characters in a three dimensional way and the suspense had me glued to the pages.
Jonathan Auxier is also author to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes. His books are recognized for their beautiful and appealing covers.
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About the reviewer: Andreana Duffy is a children’s librarian at the Warminster Township Library and an Information Services Assistant at the Tredyffrin Public Library. She is newly married.