The Screaming Staircase

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The Screaming Staircase

by Jonathan Stroud (Doubleday, 2013); audiobook read by Miranda Raison (Random House Audio, 2013)

Book cover: “The Screaming Staircase” by Jonathan Stroud (Doubleday, 2013); audiobook read by Miranda Raison (Random House Audio, 2013)

Competent world-building and good characterisation (particularly via Raison’s audiobook reading), though Lucy exhibits less personality than Lockwood or George and is a slightly disappointing viewpoint character. The story is fun and at times gripping, yet feels constructed, following a too-neat narrative blueprint.

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