Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Intermediate, Dan Poblocki, Haunted House, Orphanage, Ghosts, Spirits, Supernatural, Spooky, Scary

Document Type

Book Review


Marcus, Poppy, Dash and Azumi are desperately trying to find a way out of Larkspur House by solving riddle after riddle as they are led through the house and up to the roof. For a while there are two Azumi's, each claiming to be the real girl. Cornered on the roof top the real Azumi is revealed and the children are forced to escape across the roof. Unfortunately they find themselves trapped above a zombie forest greenhouse and the glass gives way dropping them back into the house. Azumi's "sister" rescues the children and leads them out of the house and onto the grounds. They meet Cyrus for the second time in this book and are torn between believing Cyrus or Azumi's sister. Marcus throws poison on Cyrus and begins to hum his Uncle's song which reveals that Azumi's sister is the monster that is Larkspur House. Marcus stands his ground in front of the monster while the other's escape and hide. Marcus is killed and the book ends with the others trying to decide what to do next.