{Mini Review} The Dead House


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About the book

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.

My Thoughts

Creepy, strange, and a bit of a mind f***. I loved the writing style, the diary entries, and how quickly the chapters read. It was the kind of book that you just couldn’t put down, because each chapter left you in suspense. It was a bit confusing for me towards the end, and I did feel like the ending was a bit anticlimactic after SO much build up and constant guessing through the entire book. I just felt like the author left some things unanswered, but I still found it to be a great debut, and a perfect Halloween read!

4 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Horror


Published: September 15, 2015 by Little, Brown Books

Length: 432 Pages

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


6 thoughts on “{Mini Review} The Dead House

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m so glad your mojo has returned, and I really like how you summed this one up. If it’s a mind bender, I’m all in. I want to read this one if I ever get it moved up in the queue…plus I’m waiting for the library to pick it up.

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