Thursday 29 October 2020

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 246

Publisher - Penguin Classics

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads


The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels and a major inspiration for writers like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House is a chilling story of the power of fear.

Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. Twice filmed as The Haunting, and the inspiration for a new 10-part Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror

My Review

This is a well love book by many and it is a new series on Netflix, kinda wish I had watched that then read this. Absolutely a slow burner, perfect for lying reading curled up on the couch, candle light and just absorbing. It is very sedate pace but has wee creepy elements to it and it builds as it goes.

I can't say I liked any of the characters that much and some of it read a wee bit soap opera type, personality flaws, issues. Some of their interactions with each other are just so weird, is it the effect the house is having on them or just who they are?

Defo worth reading, like I said so many people loved it. I liked the eerie aspect but that was really the only parts and to see where it was going. Feel a wee bit like I missed something, 3/5 for me.

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1 comment:

  1. I've never read this, but I might enjoy it. The only Shirley Jackson I can remember reading is her short story The Lottery.


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