The Dead House

The Dead House What an evil and original story You can t stop reading Kaitlyn s diary But is she real It s a mystery inside a mystery and the shocks keep coming Scary stuff R L Stine author of the Goosebumps and Fe

  • Title: The Dead House
  • Author: Dawn Kurtagich
  • ISBN: 9780316298674
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • What an evil and original story You can t stop reading Kaitlyn s diary But is she real It s a mystery inside a mystery and the shocks keep coming Scary stuff R.L Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street seriesWelcome to the Dead House Three students dead.Carly Johnson vanished without a trace.Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbr What an evil and original story You can t stop reading Kaitlyn s diary But is she real It s a mystery inside a mystery and the shocks keep coming Scary stuff R.L Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street seriesWelcome to the Dead House.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.

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    1. A GR friend recommended my re-read of this book on audio and holy crow!! They were right! There are a couple of different narrators and some sound effects. Nothing too major, running, crumpling paper,etc. I immediately added the audio to my Audible wishlist. Loved it!😊I can't believe this is the author's first novel! I'm in love with this book. It's set up like a crime case. The whole thing isn't like that, seeing as how you have to get to know the characters that play out in this creepy book [...]

    2. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Everyone knows about the Johnson Incident - people died, and one person went missing who was never found. Conspiracy theorists believe the culprit was Kaitlin Johnson. Only problem is, Kaitlin doesn't exist. According to Dr. Lansing, she's just a product of trauma, an alter ego created by Carly Johnson, a girl suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The Dead House is a collection of transcribed interv [...]

    3. This. Book. Is. Pure. MADNESS!!!It messed with my brain and left me speechless! I mean, if you`d asked me to retell the story, I wouldn`t have been able to. Just because I don`t know myself what really happened there. This book is a trickster, and we have a very unreliable main character. Seriously, people, it blew my mind. I don`t even know what to think. This is so messed up. I have no idea what is true and what`s not. If you`re a fan of mysteries, then this story is for you. Okay, let`s start [...]

    4. Despite the fantastic premise, this book is a complete and utter cluster-fuck. It's not just that there's a lot going on - there isn't, really - but it seems like the goalposts are shifting every five seconds. It's a story about two girls who share a body, which may be a product of a paranormal incident or dissociative identity disorder. There's their parents' mysterious death in a car crash several years earlier. There's the haunted school they attend. There's a shadowy figure which may be the [...]

    5. Disclaimer: this wasn't a scary book. When we say 'scary', that's something I would give to the likes of Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics and Girl from the Well + The Suffering by Rin Chupeco. This wasn't even a mind-fuck of a book a la Dangerous GirlsHowever, that doesn't mean my mind didn't reel from it. Even though this didn't have the quiet or the jumpy horror I am well fond of, how this book delivered a kickass psychological paranormal thriller made me shiver in my boots.1. Unrelia [...]

    6. You’ve surely heard this before, but here it is again: The Dead House is a very unusual sort of book, narrative-wise. It is a skillfully woven web of diary entries, video transcripts, police interview transcripts, e-mails and instant messages, newspaper clippings and other documents pertaining one horrible event known as the Johnson Incident. The concept itself is a brilliant one, wholly new and original. While it starts with two souls in one body, something we’ve certainly seen before, what [...]

    7. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/09/13/yFirst let me say I had no idea before I got an ARC of this novel that it would be written in the epistolary style as a collection of mostly diary entries, though it also includes interview transcripts, descriptions of video footage, emails and newspaper articles, etc. Not to mention the huge visual component! I picked up The Dead House because I love horror and I’m also always on the lookout for good creepy YA, but seriously nothing c [...]

    8. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)“My doctor is convinced that I’m not really here. She keeps trying to convince me of it, too.”This book was just not for me.The characters in this were slightly strange as they had one body and 2 personalities, and these personalities could only speak to each other by leaving post-it notes for the other to find.The storyline in this was just all over the pl [...]

    9. One thing that can be said about this time of year, is that it is full of wonderful creepy, crazy stories and The Dead House, definitely fits in with that description. This book was, to say the least, unique in every way imaginable. From the content, to the setting, to the unreliable narrative to the secondary characters that can't be trusted. Where everyone's sanity is questioned and the mystery itself it just that, mysterious and sometimes hard to decipher. It has been hours since I have finis [...]

    10. Well, that was creepy. Checks and double checks, wow this is a first novel? How is this just the right amount of awesomeness ? Work of a pure wiccan, I am telling you. No, really. Some writers are endowed with raw talent. This book was truly disturbing. I was so eager to read this. When I got this book I didn't know it was an epistolary novel, I was a little dismayed at first. I wanted more, and oddly enough it was more. And nope, nope, no I won't be mentioning Warpaint in this review. Not this [...]

    11. 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 (ones which I found to be creepy!). There is one main character but this character is also suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, which used to be called multiple personality disorder. During the day one identity comes out and during the evening the other comes out. It was a little confusing at times, but you can tell how distinc [...]

    12. This is the story of a girl with two halves. One personality within her is called Carly, she's around in the day time, the other is called Kaitlyn, she comes out at night. All their lives they have shared a body and left notes for one another to fill the other one in on what had happened that day, but the point where we pick up their story is when things are really going rather wrong for them. They are settled in a psychiatric hospital and being treated for multiple personality disorder. They do [...]

    13. This book is so weird but I actually really enjoyed how strange it was. It was a really original and unique read and it was also really spooky and creepy. And just completely crazy. This had to be one of the craziest books that I've ever read. I'm still dumbfounded over this book. This book was told through diary entries, video clips, and interviews so that was interesting but I honestly don't really like that format. I find it hard to follow and I can't really get invested in the characters. I [...]

    14. Whaaaaaaaat just happened? Ugh, this book tore me to SHREADS! I feel like I just lost my own sanity, but it's so good!!! Video review to come.

    15. I liked the beginning but the plot lost me towards the middle and end. It got very supernatural out of nowhere and I wish there'd been a more rational explanation, but I thought the suspense was really successful and there were moments were I literally had chills!

    16. I really enjoyed this book, and some parts were so scary and it is not easy to get me scared!It is so addictive and easily read in one setting. I have exams so I restricted myself to read it only before bed for 30 minutes or so. If I had the time, I would have finished it in one setting and probably enjoyed it even more.The only thing that bothered me was that there were a couple of times that I felt confused and didn't get what was going on maybe because I was getting tired and sleepy. :DI real [...]

    17. 4.5This book was awesome! If it weren't for the main plot twist which I saw coming this would have gotten 5 stars for sure.It creeped me out at times and when I had to put it down I simply could not stop thinking about it. I seriously can not believe this is the author's debut novel. It gave me major The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer feels which I loved!To put it simply: it got me out of my reading slump. :D

    18. Twenty-five years ago, the “Johnson Incident” took place: Elmbridge High burned down, several people were killed and one of the students, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now, a diary has been found that might shed some light into the events: the diary of Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s sister. A sister that doesn’t have a body of her own, a sister that shows up only at night, a sister that doesn’t officially exist.Dawn Kurtagich’s The Dead House (Little Brown / Orion, September 2015) is yet ano [...]

    19. D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder) or demonic possession? Read this haunting book and decide for yourself.This book was haunting, eerie, creepy and downright fantastic!! This was like the "Blair Witch" of books. I don't mean the stories were the same or even similar, but in the way Dead House was written. This wasn't your average book / writing style that we are use to. It does have chapters and sectional parts, but the entire book was comprised of journal entries, interviews, personal note [...]

    20. ***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoThe Dead House is one messed up book and I say that in the best way possible.It's the kind of book that will mess up your brain to the point where you won't be able to tell the lies apart from the truth.This book is mostly told in dairy format and for some people that may be a turn off but I thought it was a very interesting way to look at things. We may not be inside the main character’s mind but in a way we are. We sense her desperatio [...]

    21. Imagine, for a moment, that you have a sister. A twin sister you communicate with every day, with whom you’re close, closer than close.You can never speak directly, because you never exist at the same time, but you share a single body. She gets the day, you get the night, and there are always notes waiting from her when you… “wake up”.When I was five, I asked Carly what they sun felt like, and she wrote: ‘Warm, Katie, so warm. Like a hot bath.’And then your parents die, and you and y [...]

    22. angelerin/2016/10Short Review Summary: Unique story with great twists and excellent writing.I am in shock after finishing The Dead House. I am in shock because I can't believe that it's Dawn Kurtagich's debut novel. If I didn't know that this is her debut novel I would have never guessed. It's that well written and the story is that fantastic. The entire idea behind the book is just fascinating and the execution is magnificent. #ThisIsADebut??!!I LOVE stories that really screw with your head and [...]

    23. This would have been a four star read for me, but I felt like the story had a lot of buildup towards a big fiery ending, and then didn't deliver. I still enjoyed the book, and liked the interesting style.

    24. I felt the book was good in places, and also creepy in that good way, but it was also disjointed and a little too much so. I liked the idea of the journal entries and things. At the end I was left feeling like huh? Maybe it just ended too quick for me, I'm not sure.

    25. Some people say that night blooms.But night descends self-consciously. Night cuts slowly.This is the essence of a well-thought out and intelligently plotted thriller. Dawn Kurtagich should be commended for being able to create a story that is as chilling as it is thought-provoking.Carly and I are closer than sisters. Closer than twins. We might as well be the same person, because we share the same body. We share one life, each getting part.Carly gets the day.I get the night.Siblings Carly and Ka [...]

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