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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
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.
An extraordinary narrative! Nell's thoughts are a roller coaster to the reader's experiencing Jackson's exercise of the stream of consciousness technique.Published 5 days ago by Hum
I love Shirley Jackson's writing style but the ending felt too pat. Considering the buildup to what Hill House might hold, the house itself did not seem all that terrifying. Read morePublished 7 days ago by HRS
This is a major let down after reading the other reviews. The story was great but it was way to short and had a horrible ending. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jan L Otteson
Yes, it's well-written. Yes, there's a subtlety to it that most other writers of horror don't even try to emulate, because it's hard. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Leslie41
Absolutely brilliant! The quality of these books are unmatched! They feel like velvet, the artwork is beautiful! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Aware
Let's start with this: I spent October reading scary stories, and horror is one of my favourite genres; this is the only book to give me the heebie-jeebies for longer than it took... Read morePublished 12 days ago by AJ.
Id give it a solid four stars. The atmosphere is intense, the description vivid. It's not extremely frightening and the ending is abrupt. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sagitario
The hype had me expecting a much scarier book. I was startled when I turned the (kindle) page and realized I'd reached the end. That's IT?!Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer