Friday, 26 October 2018

Blogoween - Book Review | The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

the haunting of hill house book reviewMy Rating: 8/10 
Published: 1959 
Pages: 182 
Genre: Horror
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'First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.'

After binge watching the Netflix TV show I knew straight away I wanted to check out the book. The Haunting of Hill House (THoHH for short) has actually been on my to read list for quite some time as many people hail it as the perfect haunted house story which is my kind of book.

I thought THoHH was incredibly clever and well written. It is one that I am still thinking about today. Although there are no super terrifying moments, there is lots of creepy bits that did end up giving me nightmares one night. 

The main protagonist is Eleanor, and she is not actually the most reliable of narrators, it's hard to go into too much detail without spoiling the book but the way Eleanor is portrayed and how the writing style compliments that is very interesting.

Although this is quite an easy quick read I do have to comment about the language. This book was written in the 60s and at times I actually found the language difficult to deal with, it was almost like I could get the surface meaning, but there is definitely something else there that I'm not quite picking up on. It would make for a great book club pick to discuss everyones different theories. 

For those that enjoyed the TV series, the plot of the book is quite different but the TV series has many shared details with the book which it does in a very clever way, for example the characters in both share the same names and the TV series has some direct quotes from the book, it's very enjoyable  comparing the two.

I think this is a must for anyone who loves a bit of classic paranormal horror or enjoys a good haunted house story, and those who have seen the TV show will also enjoy this too.

1 comment

  1. I NEED to get my hands on a copy of this one ASAP!! Great review!!


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