“In the spirit of The Shining, this house has a few creepy nights for the visitors who are weak in belief of themselves.”Eric Freeburg wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Haunting Of Hill House By Shirley Jackson
The Haunting Of Hill House is a classic horror story. The story begins with Dr. Montague who is a scholar of the occult wanting to have final evidence of a true haunting. He gathers information looking for the perfect people to help him. He rents Hill House for the summer. A house with a tragic past that the town it sits in won't even discuss. The house sits all alone and began it's life tragically when 80 years prior Hugh Crain built the house for his wife who died moments before even reaching it. The tragedies continue from there and no one that has lived there has for very long. Dr.Montague invites his assistant Theodora, Luke the future heir of the house and Eleanor a complicated young women who has had experience with the occult to stay with him. The story moves quickly and many things happen to it's guests. The house is powerful and it's goal is to keep it's inhabitants off kilter at all times. It builds power and takes what it wants for it's own.
This was a genuinely creepy story. It's one that you really should read sitting in the dark of night. The subtlety of the horror is what I loved most. Horror novels usually do not phase me but this one did. If it touches me and gives me pause then it is definitely good. The characters all had their flaws that were exposed while there. The doctor does not know what he has really done until it's too late. I am glad that I finally picked this up and it will be with me for a long while.”
“Because this novel is told solely from the point of view of Eleanor—a fragile, lonely, childlike woman—I’m left unsure if the paranormal events were real or if they were only in her head. Nor could I trust Eleanor’s account of her interactions with her housemates. What really happened to her at Hill House? This is a great psychological thriller, and one I’ll certainly be thinking about for a while!
I listened to this on audio and thought Bernadette Dunne’s narration was excellent. Her renditions of the characters—most especially Eleanor, Theo and Mrs Montague—brought them to life and greatly enhanced my enjoyment.
“The Haunting of Hill House was a very interesting psychological ghost story. The main character, Eleanor Vance, was a young woman who has long cared for her dying mother. A few months previous to the beginning of this story, Eleanor's mother died and Eleanor moved in with her sister. Eleanor has never had a home of her own, nor a life of her own, and certainly no drama, adventure or romance.
Eleanor, along with two others, was invited by a scholarly anthropologist to an allegedly haunted house a few hours' drive from her sister's home. Eleanor was singled out by Dr. Montague, the anthropologist, because she experienced poltergeist activity as a child. Dr. Montague's intention was to capture scientific evidence of the haunting by staying in Hill House for the summer, conducting an investigation, and then writing a book about it. Rounding out the study team were Luke, family heir to the house, and Theo (Theodora), a rather bohemian young lady with no last name ( is Theo perhaps bisexual? The author kind of alludeds, but never quite says...)
Toward the end of the book Dr. Montague's very tedious and annoying wife appears at the house along with her friend, Arthur. Arthur and Mrs. Montague maintain an interest in automatic writing and séances. Although the rest of the party disregard the findings of the automatic writing, the writings seems to reveal some interesting things for Eleanor.
Dr. Montague tells the history of Hill House and its tragedies, including bits of the life of its strange and mysterious designer, and facts surrounding several fatal accidents in the driveway. Some mysterious activity begins including doors banging, red-colored foul-smelling stains in rooms and on clothing, and writing on the walls. The team seems to hallucinate or have ghostly visions of people who once lived in the home. All the while, the house seems to be beckoning to Eleanor to stay and become one with it.
Given the history of the house and the history of Eleanor, the book ended as it should. I enjoyed this book and I put in my Netflix que both versions of the movie.
Recommended for lovers of classics and the paranormal. But anyone looking for a real horror story or thriller is sure to be disappointed.”
“Love this book, and it was very pleasant to listen to. The voices were well done and I tend to forget how much snarky and sophisticated humor is in this book. I love the last paragraph so much that starts with "Hill House, not sane..." and ends with "Whatever walked there, walked alone." So good. ”librarycarol wrote this review Friday, January 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My first audio book and it was a doozy! This story cemented its place on my favorites shelf.
"Hill House itself, not sane, stood against its hills holding darkness within."”
“This book was less than the sum of its parts. It had a psychological component, some characters that were worth developing, a house with a history worth pursuing, some general creepiness that could have been exploited, but combined together it did not make a compelling story. It started slow, but towards the middle picked up and I held out some hope that it was going to turn into a decent story. Then it basically dropped off a cliff, narratively speaking. Eleanor's descent into madness made the last part of the book somewhat difficult to follow, but especially difficult to care about. ”Sierra wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“was looking for an old fashioned haunted house story. this totally fit the bill:)”Andrea Z wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book when I was pregnant with my son. I loved it and it scared me to death! I will never forget the chills when I read "what was holding her hand in the dark?" This book will never get old.”Carol wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No