Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as Ella unravels the mystery of the girl next door.1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she's left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past....
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an oddly liminal book: somewhere in-between novel and graphic novel, somewhere in-between YA and middle grade, somewhere in-between me liking it and me being indifferent towards it.
as a designed physical object, it’s impressive. it’s solid and heavy and fits nicely in the hand, the cover is subtly embossed and the cover image is seductively spooky. all good things. it’s also a breeze of a read, as half of the story is sequential art and the other half is diary entries. oddly enough, the portion ...more
So while this book isn't really aimed at my age group I still thought Thornhill was pretty blooming brilliant and deliciously spooky. As someone who loves a big old creepy building this tale of two young girls, one in 1982 one in 2017, one in a care home for children the other living in a house that backs on to its now abandoned self, is properly chilling especially with its twist at the end. I really enjoyed it. So will many people of all ages. Spook-tacular. Sorry couldn't help it.
I found this book very emotional, it almost had me in tears (that takes a lot), but also very addictive, I could not put it down, the more the mystery unfolded the better it became.
It tells two stories, one of a girl called Mary who lived in an orphanage in 1982, who was incredibly bullied and had selective mutism - this part of the story was told in diary format, which just made it feel even more real and fascinating. The other story was set in 2017 and was about a girl called Ella who lived o ...more
I came for an eerie Brian Selznick-like book (short passages / full page sequential art) and all I got was predictable, stiff storytelling and dull characters.
4 creeped-out stars.
I'm tagging this as a graphic novel, but that's not quite right--it's a story written as a diary, with added illustrations (the illustrations are important to the plot, though). It's dark and gothic, exploring bullying, loneliness, and anger. The illustrations are a delight and really add to the melancholy of the story.
This is a quick, sad read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark tales.
The disclaimer first: I am not a huge fan of either ghost stories or graphic novels. Even so, I found Thornhill to be compulsively readable. As a Youth Services Librarian I will be happy to have this to recommend to the scary story crowd. With a spooky orphanage as the setting, Smy uses alternating narrators from different timelines. The 1982 story-line is written in text; the 2017 plot is told entirely with gray tone illustrations. This format would be perfect for reluctant readers, but the sto ...more
Told in both a wordless graphic novel & prose, THORNHILL is a story I couldn't wait to be done with. Combining the past (1982) with the present, THORNHILL revolves around Mary, a quiet girl living at the orphanage waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, having selective mutism along with her hobby of puppet-making, makes her misunderstood, leading her to be one of the last girls at the home. Besides Mary, there's "her"- a nasty bully who brings so much mental distress that Mary stays in her ro ...more