Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!
Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace....
...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.
But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?
The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, emails. And the diary.
The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.
©2015 Dawn Kurtagich (P)2015 Hachette Audio
It felt like I was listening to a movie. I loved it!
This book was so interesting. I don't think I have ever read a book about DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder a.k.a. Multiple Personality Disorder). It was fascinating and scary at the same time.
Carly and Kaitlyn are the same person. One lives in the day and one lives at night, and they both think they are real. They leave messages to each other in their diary, so they know what each of them are doing.
Carly and Kaitlyn are being treated by a Psychotherapist who is convinced that Kaitlyn was developed to protect Carly from the trauma in her life. Carly knows that something has happened, and that she can Kaitlyn and their little sister Jamie are just trying to survive. Jamie has been sent to live with someone else, and Carly and Kaitlyn have been sent to a school.
I cannot even begin to tell you how creepy this book was for me. The mind is such a fascinating thing. To go through this journey with Carly and Kaitlyn was so intense. They have a lot of issues, but things in their life seem to just keep going wrong and neither of them can figure it out. Carly's therapist is trying to have her integrate Kaitlyn and deal with the trauma she has blocked so that she can get better.
There are forces in this book that are far more determined to not let that happen.
This is a mind trip of a book. Which I have to admit was kind of awesome. Nerve racking at times, but awesome. If you like intense, and psychological thrillers this is a good one. I don't think the actual book was scary, it was the disorder, and all the things that came with it.
Source: I bought this book for myself. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Content: Some language, some talk of sex, and a few acts of sex.
I picked up this book only a couple of days ago. It is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to, due in huge part to the performances and the production. There are seriously intense/paranormal/spooky elements to this book; it's not for the squeamish. This style of book is normally not something I would read, but I HAD to know what would happen next.
It jumps forward and backward in time, sometimes making you feel like you've got to have a scorecard to keep up, but the narrator always tells you how far before/after the "incident" the events take place.
I plan on re-reading this book on a cold, stormy night - maybe in the winter - so I can pick up on all the little details I missed the first time.
The unexpected twists, relatable characters, and edge of your seat tension maintained throughout most of the book. I found myself cheering for characters at moments and hating them at others, this is mostly due to the outstanding performance from Charlotte and Christian.
No but I will in the future, their performance was spot on.
It's a bit long for that, this book is perfect for long road trips.
This is worth the listen for anyone who might like a book about: hauntings, psychological thrillers, or mystery.
I was drawn to this book because of my interest in psychology. I read the reviews, but still didn't expect start the book with high expectations. Between the twisted storyline and amazing performances, this book has made it into my top 10 favorites. I found several chapters to be a bit creepy, the concept was different and intriguing, and the writing was great.
You have to get this this book , It held me on and I did not want to put it down. Ooh you might not want to read this or listen to this incredible book at night, if you do make sure someone else is home..
This is a tricky question. If we're talking about the book, it was great and probably ranks somewhere in the middle (since I tend to ditch books I don't like). But if we're talking about performances, it's one of the best. You can hear and feel Kaitlyn's struggle to hang on to her sanity in Charlotte Parry's performance. Including Christian Coulson as the narrator was a great idea because it enhances the whole case file feel to the story - you really feel like you're trying to piece together what happened. And I know for a fact that these excellent narrators were one of the main reasons why I wouldn't listen to this book after it got dark.
Well, I can't really answer that without giving away spoilers. But there is a general ambiance of darkness and creepiness that the author maintains throughout the story that sets it apart from other books I've read. You're constantly wondering what's going to happen next, what was the incident, who dies, and if Kaitlyn is actually insane. I loved it.
No. I should probably rectify that.
Regarding the ending, if you like neat, little bows on everything, this book isn't for you. If you like your horror with some ambiguity, this is for you. I think I can say with confidence what the author wants us to believe, but it comes with a dash of conspiracy theory-ness to it. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author.
Crazy cat lady stereotype. Crocheting and listening to Audiobooks forever.
Gave this a shot despite a predictable and dull-looking summary. Well written and well read, you may know what's going to happen (I did) but the ride is well worth it. Good use of a credit.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I think it would have lost something had I read it in print. It was engaging, spooky, and very atmospheric when heard narrated, and I definitely recommend the audiobook version over print.
It seemed to fizzle right at the end, but not so much that it detracted from my enjoyment of the story as a whole. There were plenty of twists and surprises as the plot unfolded, and though certain characters were much better developed than others, it was definitely worth a credit.
If you're interested in stories about mental illness, magic, haunted houses, or just plot twists and mysteries, you'll enjoy The Dead House.
Compelling. Creepy. Haunting.
The story was extremely interesting and never dull, despite you never quite knowing exactly what is going on. Despite being a book, the way the story is presented creates quite the visual movie in your mind.
I enjoyed both performers immensely. I couldn't pick a favorite character. The entire narration was very well done.
Several scenes made me quite anxious and tense.
Overall an excellent book and I'm very happy that I gave it a chance. Will definitely listen again.
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