Goodreads: 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.
Well, not sure what to say about this book. It started out intriguing but lost me somewhat along the way until I just wanted it to be over. I read other reviews – people trying to decide what was real and was was part of Carly/Kaitlyn’s imagination? Who cares?
The story is inventive with a lot of great imagery. We don’t really get to know Carly at all and there is a reason for that but I won’t give it away. There is a lot of “mystery” surrounding it all – even after the wrap-up at the end.
I can honestly say I don’t know if I will read more of this author. It really wasn’t my kind of thing but it was interesting, especially in the beginning before all the black magic was introduced which confused everything.
I give the book an A for development and interest. It is really long…just saying.