Review of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Read: 4th November 2016 – 5th November 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spoilers in review: No

I literally just finished this book and I feel drained.

This novel is told in the style of a police report, looking into a fire at a boarding school that killed three people 20 years previously. It focuses primarily on Carly and Kaitlyn Johnson (mostly Kaitlyn), who aren’t sisters, but are two personalities living in the same body. Carly is awake during the daytime, and Kaitlyn is awake during the night.

I loved the start of this book. It gets steadily darker and darker, which I also liked. However, there is a certain event that causes the mood to plummet and it stays dark and disjointed for a majority of the novel. Personally, after so much heartache, I would’ve liked a happy ending. For someone at least. But that didn’t happen.

As a part of the horror genre, it was supposed to be scary. I think my not-being-scared is more my problem than the book’s, but it certainly was intense. As I said, I now feel drained.

In short, I recommend this book to anyone who likes unconventional and non-chronological story-telling, and to people who enjoy horror. However, if you like happy endings, this is probably one to stay away from.

Review originally written in 2016

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