Sunday, September 20, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich


Welcome to the Dead House.

Three students: dead.

Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, "the girl of nowhere."

Kaitlyn's diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary - and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 10 months


This book is wonderfully creepy, haunting, and powerful. In this book are journal entries, video recording descriptions and tape recording sessions that reveal an amazing horror story. 

This book is about 2 souls in one body. There is Carly, who is the day side and then there is Kaitlin, the darkness. The 2 souls appear in a mental hospital after the death of their parents. No one believes that Kaitlin has always been part of Carly's body. When the doctor becomes wrong, Carly disappears and Kaitlin thinks she is locked in the house that she has named "Dead House" in her mind. Dark magic, traders and sacrifices have to be made in this haunted novel. 

This novel is so intense that I can't tell what is real and what is fake most of the time. 

I don't have a favorite part, because it seems weird to have a favorite part in a horror story! 

I recommend this book for those who think they can brave any horror story. I bet this one will scare the daylights out of you! 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up. 

This book was published on September 15, 2015.