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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.
the BEST psychological thriller ever written. your interest will be held throughout the book and you will read it on a dark and stormy night in order to truly experience the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by panda princess
What is Hill House exactly. It's a classic tale of suspense about an old house, evil and spooky. Many strange and cold things happen there.Published 9 days ago by VIMHP
Delightfully scary. The only fiction book I've actually finished since the summer because most books lose my interest about 1/3 of the way through. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ash
Jackson does a fine job of telling a story where the reader is never quite sure where their own "unsettled" feeling about the story originates. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jeff A. Tipton
One of my all time favorite book. This is the story you don't want to read late at night. I kept feeling like someone was standing behind me. Read morePublished 14 days ago by C. Carson
This was fun to read as a kind of vintage tale from a few generations ago. It reminds me so much of the movie, Clue, with a group of people, previously unknown to each other,... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Darlene S. Wood
I read this because I saw it listed in many places as one of the best scary books, and while it didn't hit me with any shocking, hide under the sheets moments, like I expected,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Caleb