The Haunting at Cliff House


105 pages
ISBN 0-590-71517-8





Reviewed by Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers was a librarian with the Laurenval School Board (Adult Services), Deux Montagnes, Quebec.


Set in a gloomy mansion in Wales, this story is complete with a secret cave, a grim old woman, rising tides and storms, and a ghost the same age as the heroine.

Thirteen-year-old Alison is spending the summer in Wales with her father. She finds the diary of Bronwen hidden behind a loose brick of the fireplace. As she reads the diary, written in 1810, Alison finds that Bronwen’s life parallels her own in many respects. Alison actually sees Bronwen and hears her calling for help. This is a story of what might have been, of tragedy averted. Alison manages to rewrite the pages of Bronwen’s diary and at the same time to change the course of her own life.

A fast-moving, suspenseful mystery story, this book appeals to girls aged ten and over.


Bradford, Karleen, “The Haunting at Cliff House,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed February 25, 2024,