Review: The Dead House

Posted September 2, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Dead HouseThe Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Published by Little on September 15th 2015
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!
Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...
...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.
But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?
The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.
The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.


The Dead House would be a perfect Halloween read.  It’s creepy, and will have you looking around corners for shadows that may not be there.

Carly and Kaitlyn are two completely different people.  One is shy and and keeps to herself, while the other is wild and loves the night.  I found things I liked about both characters.  They don’t let others tell them what to think, even when those thoughts could be considered crazy.

The whole incident involving the school is creepy.  There were many times that I had goosebumps.  And also nights where I lost sleep because the story seeped into my dreams.  I do like when a story sticks with me.

The Dead House isn’t told like a traditional story.  We are getting the details through a series of journal entries and transcripts.  That was definitely a thing that helped with the intensity of the story.

The number one thing I learned from this story is trust no one! Seriously, you never know what will open up if you go looking for it.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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