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Eleanor Vance has always been a loner--shy, vulnerable, and bitterly resentful of the 11 years she lost while nursing her dying mother. "She had spent so long alone, with no one to love, that it was difficult for her to talk, even casually, to another person without self-consciousness and an awkward inability to find words." Eleanor has always sensed that one day something big would happen, and one day it does. She receives an unusual invitation from Dr. John Montague, a man fascinated by "supernatural manifestations." He organizes a ghost watch, inviting people who have been touched by otherworldly events. A paranormal incident from Eleanor's childhood qualifies her to be a part of Montague's bizarre study--along with headstrong Theodora, his assistant, and Luke, a well-to-do aristocrat. They meet at Hill House--a notorious estate in New England.
Hill House is a foreboding structure of towers, buttresses, Gothic spires, gargoyles, strange angles, and rooms within rooms--a place "without kindness, never meant to be lived in...."
Although Eleanor's initial reaction is to flee, the house has a mesmerizing effect, and she begins to feel a strange kind of bliss that entices her to stay. Eleanor is a magnet for the supernatural--she hears deathly wails, feels terrible chills, and sees ghostly apparitions. Once again she feels isolated and alone--neither Theo nor Luke attract so much eerie company. But the physical horror of Hill House is always subtle; more disturbing is the emotional torment Eleanor endures. Intense, literary, and harrowing, The Haunting of Hill House belongs in the same dark league as Henry James's classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The Haunting of Hill House is recommended for anyone who loves a good, creepy, psychological ghost story.
There were a couple of things I didn't like about the book: The dialogue isn't always realistic and the characters seem to laugh and smile at very odd moments.
Now it may have just been because I was reading it in the middle of the night, but for me this book is more frightening than any story I've ever read before.
its not a bad story, it has more build up than action and its a descriptive bookPublished 3 days ago by Randi Holtz
Years ago my BFF recommended reading this book. I did, and after completing it, I vowed I would never read another book of horror again. It was that scary. Read morePublished 18 days ago by L. B. Taylor
Since I was a young person, I've liked this movie. Happy to have the book. Really liked the remake of this movie as well with Liam Niesen.Published 25 days ago by kokokitty
What a waste of my time. I wouldn not recommend this book at all I was disappointed with the whole thing.Published 1 month ago by me
The psychological tension in this story is palpable...I'd compare it favorably to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" in that regard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicholas
Good book. I'm not much of a reader, but this kept me reading. I don't know about "scary" but it had its creepy moments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hair Bands Rule
We’ve heard of haunted houses, but most of the time we think of the ghosts that haunt the house. But what if the house is the ghost? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Graf
While I enjoyed the book, the forward by Guillermo del Toro was truly eye opening. His writing style, while scholarly in the sense that he is a true student of the horror genre,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HNR
loved the movie, so was familiar with the story. I enjoyed the insight into Eleanor's character that was difficult to convey in the movie.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer