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The Haunting of Hill House review

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars

Format: library eaudiobook

Summary: Strangers gather together in Hill House to investigate claims that the house is haunted.

Review: I don’t think it was bad per say, but it really wasn’t scary. At one point they encounter ghosts picnicking??? Um. Kay, how is that scary whatsoever. There is some psychological aspects to the horror but it just was not enough for me.

The characters were interesting, I wanted to know more about them but I felt the reader was kept at arms length from getting to know the characters at any sort of deeper level. I did really enjoy the friendship between Theodora and Eleanor. There are definite suppressed lesbianism feelings there.

The atmosphere of the book wasn’t really that creepy to me. There was about two moments that had some creep factor but nothing really good. It had a lot of elements of a gothic novel, which is usually a real win for me. That wasn’t enough though, it just wasn’t what I needed.

A good chunk of the book was actually pretty boring. They spend the majority of the time sitting around and discussing everything that was happening. The action was few and far between, mainly knocking at night. Basically nothing happens for most of the book. I didn’t feel like there was any mystery or enough character driven plot to keep me super invested.

Recommendation: Not the best horror or gothic novel that I’ve read. I didn’t really think this lives up to what I’ve heard about it.

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