Strange Star is Emma Carroll’s brilliant imagining of the events leading to Mary Shelley writing her Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein. She takes us to an isolated villa in Switzerland on a miserable summer evening. It’s 1816 and an influential group have gathered to outdo each other telling ghost stories. Amongst the guests are Mary and Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. The tension increases when an exhausted girl bangs on the front door and collapses on the doorstep. Once she can speak she has the scariest story of all to tell, one which beggars belief. The girl’s name is Lizzie and she has fled from England. Worst of all she has been followed. She speaks of ruthless ambition where scientists conduct brutal experiments using electricity and lightning to raise the dead. They will stop at nothing in the name of scientific progress – including kidnapping and murder.
This is a highly recommended introduction to horror for Years 7 and 8 and is fast-paced and atmospheric without being totally chilling. I loved the characters and am now off to re-read Frankenstein!
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