Book:The Dead House
Genre:YA, Horror, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars
Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.
Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”
Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.
Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.
Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.
I love scary books but it’s extremely hard for me to find books that actually scare me. A lot of Ya horror isn’t scary, but 99% of horror movies don’t scare me either. But this book is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The Dead House was exactly what I was looking for in a horror book.
I loved the format in which this book was written. Written from pieces of a journal, the story unravels in a unique way. Mostly there’s journal entries, newspaper clippings and even some video camera screenshots. I can’t believe this is the author’s first novel! Unreliable narrators are one of my favorite kind of stories. The main character(s), Kaitlyn and Carly, are wonderful and complicated. .You can literally feel their fear and confusion in the diary entries.
It is the kind of book that you’d love to read and hate to put down, if you’re into psychological thrillers with all kinds of creepy. The ending is a shock as well, I wasn’t expecting what happened. A very fun read. Spooky and fantastic for October/Halloween read.