Every once in a while I’m in the mood for some good old fashion spooks, but very rarely do I pick up a spooky book, however this book I’m now going to recommend to all of you is one of those spooky reads I absolutely adored.
I’m talking about Dawn Kurtagich’s The Dead House.
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.
I first picked up The Dead House after being drawn in by that creepalicious cover and the unconventional way it was written which oddly enough reminded me of a book I read when I was in elementary school that was a spooky read that had this mystery interactive element to it where you could watch actual videos referenced in the story line that admittedly scared me to death. I’m so mad that I don’t remember the name of the book as I lost it in a move, but I do recall it being my introduction to scary stories and books as a genre.
Anywho, I recommend The Dead House because it is one of those electrifying reads that you never know what to expect from and the story twists into something that leaves you with chills and that’s what I loved about it. It’s dark and twisted and in some ways sad and it leaves you not knowing how to feel. In all those ways I adored it and I hope that you would read this one too!
Thanks for reading! If any of you find that childhood book I was talking about to be familiar to you let me know the title. Anyway, I have just recommended a book to you and I really want to know, What book would you recommend me to read? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.
-Till next time!