The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
2.5-3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
“Isn’t it funny how memories are just colors, shades, and impressions?”
Goodreads Description: 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.
I was so excited to read this book and I bought it as soon as it was released. Everyone was saying how amazing and creepy it was and, well, it wasn’t. I had a hard time settling on a rating for this book as you can see above. I liked the concept of it, but I found it to be really boring the majority of the time.
I did like the way that it was written though and if you are really loving this book, you can easily fly through it because a lot of the pages don’t have a full page of text. It was just so hard for me to get into, because I honestly thought it was going to be creepier than it really was. Everything leading up to the “incident” wasn’t that great and it wasn’t worth it in the end. The way I feel about this book is exactly how I felt about We Were Liars and it kind of made me think about We Were Liars as I was reading it.
The big “shocker” wasn’t that spectacular and everything leading up to the big reveal of what happened wasn’t worth the ending at all. I also didn’t connect with any of the characters and just did not like any of them. I was so disappointed with this book and I went into it with such high expectations, because of all the hype! It fell flat for me, very flat. Sigh. I’m not really sure what else to say about this book, to be honest. So I apologize if this isn’t that great.
I am so off track on my Halloween TBR, because it has taken me so long to read The Dead House. I should have been able to finish this book in three days, but it has taken me about six days! It was so hard to want to pick it up and continue it, because I wasn’t enjoying it. I knew I probably should have stopped it, but it did leave me curious enough to want to see what happened. I was expecting so much more from it. Oh well, they all can’t be winners, I suppose!
If you decide to read this book, I do hope you enjoy it more than I did! I am finally onto my next “Halloweenie” TBR book and I am hoping that I enjoy the next book on my list better! I am also hoping I can get a good amount of reading done this weekend to make up for taking so much time away from my TBR with this one.
Feel free to check out some of my other posts from this week linked below!
Life||Bookish & Non-Bookish. – I talk about things going on in my life, some favorite TV shows, and share some pictures!
Tag||Bath & Body Works (Books). – A fun book tag, especially if you love the store Bath & Body Works. It’s fun pairing books with pocketbacs!
I will leave you with this “scary” picture of my furbaby, ColbyJack! ❤ He’s scarier than the Dead House. 😛