Books: Gothic Tale

THE SCAPEGOAT (209 pp.) — Jocelyn Brooke—Harper ($2.50).

When this spooky little novel appeared in England last year, it threw the critics into a tizzy. Elizabeth Bowen wrote: "This book, read in two hours, haunts me"—but she could not say why. Sean O'Faolain said: "It shakes the tapestry of life like a night-wind," but admitted he was "not quite sure what it is all about."

The bewilderment of such seasoned readers will be shared by many in the U.S., for The Scapegoat has as many pockets of darkness as passages of light.

Druids' Stones. Duncan Cameron's life has been a pastel daydream. His widowed...