Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagic

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.
The Dead House
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you've finished reading.


The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


The Dead House “My doctor is convinced that I’m not really here. She keeps trying to convince me of it, too.”


This book was just not for me.

The characters in this were slightly strange as they had one body and 2 personalities, and these personalities could only speak to each other by leaving post-it notes for the other to find.

The storyline in this was just all over the place. We had notebook entries, discussions with doctors, post-it notes, and other weird communications and recordings, and the story was just really hard to pick out. The pace dragged, nothing seemed to be happening, and I got really frustrated.

The ending was also a bit unclear, and it still wasn’t obvious what exactly had happened.



4 out of 10

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