Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

As soon as I read Lesley's (A Life In Books) review of this book, I knew that I had to pick it up. It just sounded like a book that I had to read and right away. And when I opened up the book and read this I knew that I had made the right choice.

"Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is Fact or Fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic took place in the year nineteen hundred, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems important."

Don't you just love that? I mean I was intrigued from the start after reading that and am happy to report that this book didn't disappoint. First though I should give you a brief (and I mean VERY brief) summary of what the book is about. Picnic at Hanging Rock begins with a group of young girls that are away at a boarding school going away for the day with two of their teachers to Hanging Rock. The story is about the events that happen while the girls are at Hanging Rock and everything that happens afterwards. And that is all that I can tell you since I think that you should go into this like I did not knowing very much.

Let me tell you that I was engrossed within this novel. The atmosphere that this author creates is creepy and tense. I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, what had happened, etc. I flew through this book which suprised me as this is an older novel which usually takes me a bit longer to read. But the pages just kept turning because I I needed to see what had happened. My only quibble is very minor and that was the ending. It just wasn't what I expected so at first I'll admit to being a tiny bit disappointed. When I thought about it though I decided I liked it more than I thought and on the whole really enjoyed this book.

Bottom Line: Read this book if your in the mood for a book filled with atmosphere that is slightly creepy!

Disclosure: Checked this one out from the library through inter-library loan :)
*I read this book for the following challenges:
New Author Challenge
Suspense/Thriller Challenge
100+ Reading Challenge
Support Your Library Reading Challenge


  1. I don't really like that cover but it sounds like an interesting read.

  2. Creepy and tense are right up my alley!! Sounds like a page turner and one to add to my list!

  3. Ladytink- This is actually a different cover than the book I had...the book I had didn't have a picture at all just a maroon hardback cover.

    Staci- I do think that you would like this'll have to let me know if you read it!

  4. Oooh, you've changed the look of your blog!

    This does sound kind of creepy. :)

  5. Suko- Yes I did...again. Do you like it???

  6. Hi Samantha! I have selected your blog for 'The Versatile Blogger' award. Please check out my blog for more info

  7. Now I really want to read this! Fingers crossed that my library has it!

  8. Selva- Thank you so much for the award. I appreciate it!

    Vasilly- I hope your library has it as well. Definitely glad that I gave this one a go!

    Naida- It was a good read..perfect for in the fall and the RIP challenge :)

  9. I just watched this film, which is how I came across your blog. I hope to read the book at some point, and I've read that there's a previously unpublished final chapter, which I also hope to read.

  10. Charley- I WANT to read that final chapter. There was so much that was left unfinished...I wonder what it contains. I'm looking forward to watching the movie myself. Hope you enjoy the book when you read it.


Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate each and every one of them :)