The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich | Book Review


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Book: The Dead House

Author: Dawn Kurtagich

GenreYoung Adult Mystery / Psychological Thriller / Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★




I’ve never read something like the Dead House before, and now I need more books like this one.

“I curse anyone who reads this book. If you touch it, hell will be waiting. Screw you. Happy reading.”

Yeah, sure, the format is similar to Illuminae but the concept, the story, the plot, everything is so different. This story is told with interviews, transcript from a video camera footage, diary entries, and more.

I’ve been obsessed with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) ever since I watched Split last month so, finding a book with something similar made me really happy. To be honest, I picked up this book because of Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction because I know she loves this book so I decided to give it a shot. Well, I’m so glad I picked up this book because it was phenomenal.

Our main character, Carly/Kaitlyn has DID so, everybody treats her like she is crazy. She was in an accident with her parents a while back but she can’t remember what happened. At the beginning of the book you’ll find a news clip about a school that was burned down so, they reopened the “Johnson Accident” case and what you’ll read will be the evidence the police have about that case. Let me tell you, what an interesting case. 

What I liked the most about this book was the main character. You get to know her so well, her thoughts, her desires, her fears, and so much more. I’m so fascinated by her and how she handled everything. Yeah, she had some times where she did stupid things, who doesn’t? But she was going through some really dark stuff so, of course sometimes she wasn’t going to be able to think straight.

“I am a prisoner of my skin. My bones are my cage.”

While reading this case you won’t know what’s real and what isn’t. This is a book that will make you believe what YOU want to believe. Sometimes you’ll find yourself believing something and suddenly you’ll be believing something else. There’s so much evidence that you won’t be able to determine what’s the truth right away. I love unsolved crimes and I’m interested in psychological disorders like DID so you all know that I got hooked with this book instantly.

My only issue with this book was that some things were repetitive. While reading some chapters I felt like the story was stuck in the same thing; like the evidence was so repetitive. I didn’t felt attached to rest of the characters. I was glad her friends wanted to help her, but apart from that they weren’t as important for me as Kaitlyn. However, the friendships wasn’t that important here so, I don’t feel that bad.

“There are places. Abandoned places. Forgotten places. These are the places I like to be.”

Overall, I loved this book. It has become one of my favorite books ever, and one of my best reads of 2017. I cannot wait to chat with fellow readers about this book to exchange thoughts about this book. I think this is a great book to create healthy discussions with others. I highly, highly recommend this book. I cannot wait to read more books by Dawn Kurtagich.

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Let me know in the comments if you have read this book because I really want to talk about it. If you want talk with spoilers go to my instagram and send my a private message.

I hope you enjoy this review. Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo!


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