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“A quintissential horror story which gives one a feeling of dèjà vu. Many modern horror films have the same generic setting as this book.. a group of strangers coming together in an isolated house which terrifies them, shifting and changing, producing ghosts and strange laughter. It has a very...”see full review » see other reviews »
“A classic in every sense of the word. In my opinion, possibly the best opening paragraph of any book I've ever read!”Kimberly wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of those stories that I loved from the begining and then peetered out on towards the end. The begining for me was captivating which left my expectations high. The journey to the house and the journey of Elenor discovering herself (getting to know who she was and we were getting to know who she was) was my favorite part of the story. The other characters did not have the same depth so I couldn't wait for them to shut up. My empathy for Elenor made me want to stay with her journey. The mystery of her psychic abilities (or mental illness) were left unfulfilled for me, although the ambiguity of her experience is what makes the story spooky. I wonder if this is a story that reads better the second time around. ”Pavel in Illinois wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dr. Montague is looking for evidence to prove that hauntings do exist. He has rented Hill House for his real life study and invited several individuals to join him in the experiment. He hand selected individuals with prior paranormal experiences and invited them to help him out. Two accepted; Theodora, a free spirited woman, and Elanor Vance, a woman who is unsure of herself or where she belongs in the world. They are also joined by Luke, who will inherit Hill House in the future.
Hill House seems ominous at first site with its odd angles and turrets. However, the first night seems to go by without a hitch. No hauntings appear to have occurred and everyone seems well rested. That is short lived. Soon strange things begin occurring in the house. Noises occur in the hallways, banging on doors, and mysterious writing appears on the walls. It seems Hill House is not happy with its visitors and is out to get them.
This was a good haunting type of story, without any horror. Glad I read it (finally), but not verly impressed. While it was a decent read, I was honestly hoping it would be scarier.”
“After seeing so many movies based on this novel, it was a hauntingly familiar read. I did enjoy it, for its time, it would have been very creepy and surreal...”KerryLC wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shirley Jackson's writing is incredible - every sentence, every word carefully crafted so that the reader is the one who feels slowly possessed by Hill House. It is horrifying because you can't escape the anxiety of the words and feeling that you might be just as taken in as poor Eleanor Vance. Purely psychological... Shirley Jackson is effing brilliant.”HemingwayHeroine wrote this review Monday, October 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't think this book was as scary as it was made out to be. In general the plot and story were well paced and interesting, but the genre of horror is misleading. ”Ovid wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wanted to be scared but I wasn't. ”StoryHeart wrote this review Saturday, October 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review coming soon to: www.booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com”Cullengirl l wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I’ve been wanting to read this for some time and decided the Halloween season was the time to do it. It was pretty good and the house really was creepy. I may be a philistine to say this but I just don’t like a lot of description. I enjoy some but even this short novel had too much for me at the beginning. Although it was interesting how Jackson took her early descriptions and made them so important to the rest of the story. I also liked the psychological aspects of the book.”Kat M wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A quintissential horror story which gives one a feeling of dèjà vu. Many modern horror films have the same generic setting as this book.. a group of strangers coming together in an isolated house which terrifies them, shifting and changing, producing ghosts and strange laughter. It has a very unreal feeling and thus for me it was not frightening at all. It reminded me of modern video games, with characters wandering around a virtual environment. What I really like about Shirley Jackson is that her characters are not like real people, the dialogue for example is sometimes extremely strange, not something people would say. This works in horror stories as it adds to the eeriness of the atmosphere.”Elizabeth M wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No