Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If anyone has the time to explain this novel to me I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

For the first 20-30 pages I really enjoyed this novel but then I got hopelessly lost with the plot and clearly missed what the point of it all was.

This novel follows a young woman named Natalie as she takes the plunge and begins College. At the beginning of the book we see Natalie interacting with her family (this is the part that I understood and really enjoyed) but whilst she is speaking with them a police officer of some description starts questioning her regarding a murder – all completely in her mind. I had hoped that this was going to continue on throughout the novel and we were going to learn what she might of done or what she was trying to hide but as soon as she reached College it stopped and I have no idea why?! We then see her blunder her way through College, trying to make friends and fit in but I just wasn’t gripped by any of it.

This was a relatively short book which didn’t take me long to read but definitely left me feeling a little stupid! Have I missed something blatantly obvious? It’s a shame as I wanted to love Shirley Jackson’s other books but so far nothing has reached the glory of We Have Always Lived in the Castle.


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