REVIEW: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE BY SHIRLEY JACKSON

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
SHIRLEY JACKSON
GENRE: HORROR



SYNOPSIS:

Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits...
Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, and occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own...



MY TAKE

4 STARS!

The Haunting of Hill House has that old black & white (movie) feel to it. It's a classic haunted house tale. Scary? No, but enjoyable just the same.

There is a lot of character building within the first 100 pages of this 246 page novel. Dr. Montague, a paranormal expert, leases Hill House to prove the existence of a haunting. He enlists the help Theodora, Elenore, and Luke on his mission.

Theodora is an artist, outgoing, and maybe even a bit shallow. Luke is the heir to Hill House, and doesn't really take things too seriously. Elenore is an outcast and really has no life since her sick mother died. She really didn't have a life before then either because her life was devoted to taking care of her mother. She doesn't even really have a home to go back to.

After about a week in Hill House, Dr. Montague's wife shows up. This woman drove me crazy. She's annoying, demanding, and I wanted the house to eat her!

All of these different personalities work well together in this novel.

If you are looking for a good, classic haunted house novel, pick up this book. Be forewarned, this novel is very different from the movie.

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