Page count: 182
The back says: 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 and lighthearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even 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.
I say: I don’t like thrillers or horror stories, so I am not sure why I even decided to buy this – let alone read it – but I managed to get through it, which is a triumph in itself. I have to admit, though, that I started reading it at night and had to give up and finish it during the day.
Yes, it freaked me out that much (but I am terrified of ghosts).
The plot was simple enough: four people go to a haunted house and mysterious things start happening that freak them all out – and me too. Then comes the surprise, but at the same time not so surprise, ending and I pat myself on the back for finishing the story and actually start looking at buying more of Jackson’s works.It was that captivating.
The prose was very riveting and I scared myself half to death a few times. It’s been a long time since I read (or watched) any horror/thriller and maybe it’s just me being excessively anxious, but I thought this was a perfect haunted house story. It has been made into film twice, but I doubt that I’ll even watch any of them.
So, 4/5 because there were a few things about the plot and characters that slightly annoyed me and that I can’t address without spoiling the novel. I would like to read more of Jackson’s work – during the day, of course – because I really liked her way of slowly unfurling the story and then producing an end that was both expected and surprising.