Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Published: 1959

Genre: Classic Horror

Length: 192 Pages

Source: Own

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 3.89

My Rating: three stars

Hi Readers

The Haunting of Hill House was always a book I didn’t think I would ever be brave enough to read. You see, my biggest fear has always been ghosts and that is primarily what this book is about. 

Dr Montague invites three guests who have experience with the paranormal to a supposedly haunted house to record their findings and determine if ghosts are a real thing. Obviously, this is a bad idea. 

I read this book because I am also going to brave the Netflix series (although that may be step too far.) After reading this book though, I don’t have high hopes that it’s going to scare me. I wonder if I’m just too much of a sceptic to allow book like this to scare me. 

Something I liked was how the two female characters Theo and Eleanor instantly bonded. I liked their interactions even though it felt rather unrealistic at times and I liked how their dynamic changed throughout the novel.

The men I found less interesting. In fact I found them to be boring and a bit useless. Adding to that, half way into the novel, when I had just gotten use to these four characters, we were introduced to three more, and I didn’t like that. I really felt they weren’t necessary. 

Our main character Eleanor was my favourite. We mainly focus on her when the plot starts taking a turn for the worst.

The plots progress was perfectly paced. It’s a slow decline from ‘well this house looks creepy’ to ‘we should probably leave now.’ 

As for the ending. It left me with so many questions. 

If you’re looking for a good ghosty book, I do recommend this one. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X


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