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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.
I wanted to like this book, I wanted to be scared, but it just didn't happen.
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.
The Haunting of Hill House is recommended for anyone who loves a good, creepy, psychological ghost story.
Terribly disappointed by this book. I waited and waited it be scared, and there was not one frightening scene. Just mildly entertaining dialogue.Published 1 day ago by Matt Sinacori
Psychological horror, that’s what this book is, and is a masterpiece in the terror series.
Eleonora a woman who is already in a fragile psychological state (taking care of her... Read more
I'm a fan of the original movie. (Okay, I'm one of the few fans of the remake as well, though it deviates too far from the actual novel. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Missy Richmond
Frankly, this book was a big disappointment. After getting all the build-up about how The Haunting of Hill House is one of the best ghost stories ever published, I was expecting... Read morePublished 14 days ago by M. Buzalka
I really wanted to like this story. I enjoy a good ghost story that is more on the psychologically spooky side (as opposed to the slasher, gory side), and thought this would fit... Read morePublished 15 days ago by JLF
This book was frustrating. although there were some good scares, the characters were annoying and the story just got bizarre.Published 15 days ago by Carolyn Sylvan
This is the story that set the boundaries for good horror. Must read.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
The terror lies not in scares, but the subtle shift in the personality of the characters. I would almost consider this short novel to be slow if I didn't realize what was... Read morePublished 22 days ago by beth_book_lover