24396858The Dead House
by Dawn Kurtagich
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: ARC provided by NOVL newsletter
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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 – Goodreads


This book sounds perfect. Horror that is told in transcripts, diaries, and notes. Yet, it fell extremely flat for me. I wanted to quit The Dead House multiple times. That may have been because this is the second book with DID (dissociative identity disorder or multiple personalities) that I read in about a three book period. I also had a hard time following the story. The natural rhythm of the story never worked for me.

There is also a lot going on in this story that you can’t really talk about because that gives away too much about the story but I was constantly putting this book down unsure of what was going on. Between plot, characters and pacing The Dead House fell extremely flat for me.

I also had problem with how many characters there were and I kept getting them confused and putting them together. I feel with more editing this book could have really shined.