Although I enjoyed the plot, I found this to be difficult and slow reading. James writes with lengthy sentences with numerous interjections. More than once I found myself rereading these long sentences to figure what he said or meant. I can usually "fly" through a book by a modern author but I went through this at a snail pace.
I found the writing heavy and the elements overly vague.
The book centers around a woman (the narrator) who takes a job as governess to two young children, Miles and Flora, only to encounter ghostly evils that are trying to capture their attention. The problem is that the children are not only unafraid of the ghosts, they seem to want them around. This, of course, makes them susceptible to embracing the evil that is courting them.
This book is a classic, so I’m not going to write a lengthy review or analysis of the story, but I will say that it’s a great book to curl up with on a dark and stormy day. It’s a good, old-fashioned ghost story, complete with a sprawling estate and creepy children.