Throwback Thursday: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!)
Creative Must (Does something different really well.)
With this book, I deviated from my comfort zone of fantasy/sci-fi and delved into horror. A creepy psychological thriller, The Dead House shines some...

R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!)

Creative Must (Does something different really well.)

With this book, I deviated from my comfort zone of fantasy/sci-fi and delved into horror.  A creepy psychological thriller, The Dead House shines some light on DID (disassociate identity disorder) through a multimedia format of diary entries, video transcripts, police interviews, and post-it notes.  And as a debut for Dawn Kurtagich, this book is a masterpiece.  Here’s my rundown!

Pros:
This format was easy to read and a whole lot of fun
Pacing was appropriate to the story’s flow
Round female characters
Use of Mala & Grundi is different and interesting

Cons:
Male characters felt stereotypical
Would have been nice to have a better grasp of Mala & Grundi (like an author’s note explaining the real-life basics)

Spoilers below

I’m not sure how I would classify the ending (as pro or con).  Basically the author puts forth enough information/evidence to support either that the main character was in fact insane or that someone really had cursed her.  I dislike endings that feel like ‘it was all a dream’, but this one had me thinking. I liked this ending because both sides had equivalent evidence and you really do have to figure it out yourself.

This book is great in any library but may be of particular interest to those wanting a first-person look at a multiple personality disorder. Definitely one to go out and buy as soon as it hits the shelves in September!!!

Reviewed from an uncorrected proof claimed from work.

One of my favorite reads from last year, I have been recommending this book to everyone who shows even the mildest of interest (including feigned interest!).  Luckily, it’s an amazing read and most of the people who took the plunge really enjoyed it.  I was able to purchase a signed hardcover at BEA16 from the Anderson Bookshop booth!!

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