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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 is a strange book. I won't give anything away, but it is the characters that drive this one, not the plot. Shirley Jackson was a lot of writer.Published 6 days ago by Jatniel Delgado
If you want today's typical horror, don't read this one. Today's horror is so overblown with blood, gore, spewing entrails, heads lopped off, graphic sex scenes that you miss the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by John Oconnor
I could read this over and over to try to understand what happened. Would be a good book club read.Published 11 days ago by Jam
While is entertaining to read, its misleading. As it is not what I expect from a horror book. Misleading it is.Published 20 days ago by Jose A. Mendez Molina
If you like suspense and ghostly encounters, this is a book you will enjoy. It is hauntingly good! Enjoy itPublished 20 days ago by Deanna Oakley
Not like the movie...not sure I like how it ended. I expected more of a finale. It had a great build up but not so great finish.Published 23 days ago by AmandaMyChelle
Cured my cancer but gave me type 2 diabetes. It's really a give and take.Published 1 month ago by Dylan
I think this is one of the best haunted house books. Shirley Jackson weaves a tight, slim tale without any extraneous matter creeping in to mar the atmosphere. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LovecraftLass