I felt that this book was definitely on the more sinister/morbid side, but found it pretty disappointing for a couple of reasons. Almost from the very beginning foreshadowing the happenstance of bad things to come, the tone meant to create a scene that kept you on pins and needles. However, I felt that this creepiness was slightly overdone. The author just seemed to try too hard to make sure you realized something bad was going to happen. The characters were hard to relate to—the purpose was to make the reader pity or sympathize with the girls, but I just found them annoying and juvenile. I also felt that many things mentioned in the novel were unrelated to the plot, with extravagant distribution of characters and other plot lines that led to nowhere. Two girls were the only characters that were explored in-depth, and even then, the writing was vague. Though the author had a wonderful vocabulary and prose to make the book sound refined and polished, I still felt that the book could have been better to make a more enjoyable read.
“That’s what they were waiting for….Miss Baskerville would speak, and they would know what had really happened. Any moment now.”
I would recommend this book for ages ten and up, because, though there is no profanity or other indecency, there is that undertone of horridness and fear the could disturb younger readers.
The eleven girl’s lives changed the one day in the cave by the sea. Will The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky change yours, too?