The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
” 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. ” ~Description from Goodreads
I was at Books-a-Million last week when I found this book for $3.97 in the bargain books section! The front cover had a review by R.L. Stine so I snagged it. I figured if it is good enough for R.L. Stine it’s good enough for me!
I am SO glad I stumbled upon this book and took a chance with it. I LOVED IT! Some parts of this book were actually pretty creepy and gave me the heebie jeebies. I am a horror junkie so at this point, nothing shocks or scares me any more. Therefore, this book gets high marks just for the creep factor!
I really liked that this story was told through case files, journal entries, transcribed video footage, etc… To me, that type of formatting is a fun break from the traditional book formats. This whole story flowed really well and was super easy to follow. I was hooked on this whole story from beginning to end. This author knows her stuff!
I going to leave this review here for now because I honestly can’t say much more without spoiling the whole book. I HATE SPOILERS SO I DONT GIVE THEM! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror/thrillers. I even went out and snagged a copy for my book partner in crime! This was a 5 out of 5 star read! I will 100% be looking into other books by this author.