Sydnee Burr


Excellent, Young Adult, Robert Beatty, Horror, 1800s, Historical Fiction, Vanderbilts, Mystery, Fantasy

Document Type

Book Review


Serafina hides in the basement of the Vanderbilt estate with her father. No one but him knows of her existence. Her father works as a maintenance man for the Vanderbilt family, but lives, uninvited, in the basement, hence the hiding. Serafina longs for company, for friends and for the elegance she so often spies on. When children start disappearing from the Vanderbilt parties one by one, nobody knows who the perpetrator is or what happens once they disappear. Serafina is the only one with a clue, due to a close encounter with the man in the black cloak herself, and assigns herself the task of saving the children.