When I talked about Frankenstein, I talked about how horror isn’t my thing. However, thrillers are, and I love a good mystery any day! I do enjoy my Michael Connellys and Robin Cooks, but sometimes a vintage thriller like Uncle Silas beats everything else!
J. Sheridan Le Fanu, the author of Uncle Silas, was an expert in the horror/thriller/mystery genre, and this is one of his most famous works. The story is from the point of view of a young girl, Maud whose father’s brother is her Uncle Silas. The very setting of Maud and her father living in a huge mansion is ripe with potential, and the author does make the most of it!
After her father’s death, Maud is moved to Silas’ home, which has several more creepy elements, including his strange children! When you’re stuck in a huge mansion with so many rooms and a weird uncle, you can’t help but expect something unpleasant to happen. And happen they do!
In thrillers like this, the quality of writing is very important, and Uncle Silas is excellently written. You don’t know what to expect next, and if things are really as they seem. If you’re in the mood for an old fashioned Gothic thriller set in a large mansion abounding with dark and questionable characters, then this is just the book for you!