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  • Aug 18, 2007
The rich character development in this stunning story drips off the pages like the sweetest nectar as the reader is teleported into a gut wrenching, eerie tale of a forlorn house looking for new blood.

When doctor Montague decides to stay at a very famous haunted house he doesn't wants to go alone. For the ride he picks three people who have tempted fate with strange happenings in hopes of bring the house to life with the sensitive receptors they might poses. He invites Luke, the estate's future heir, Theodora, an artist with many vain talents and Eleanor, a woman who has no real bond with the society and her own identity.

Each day in the house brings new development to light, and all in an articulate and beautiful way with which the author built each character. She has cleverly breathed so much life into them that I felt a deep and rich connection with each one and enjoyed finding out what happened to them. Waking up with the characters, having breakfast, discussing the appropriate outfits and mood, having bourbon after dinner, playing chess and talking about books was done colorfully but in a swift manner. The colors, textures, mood and ambiance was a rich soufflé of words that were soon interrupted by the house itself.

Together they faced the Hill House, build on crooked angles and with doors that naturally closed on their own with dark, oppressive interior design and overall feel of repulsion. When all quiet gets violently interrupted the residents start questioning whether it's real of whether one of them is playing tricks in order to get attention and to stir their sanity. The house has many deaths on its conscience and Leo, Eleanor, Theodora and Dr. Montague want to merely observe if they are true because of the house, little do they know that they are flies sitting on a big wet spider web. As their isolation from safety of the real world thickens, their courage wears thin as noises and fracas through the night bring the impossible to life. This story is another trap the house sets up for its guests, another chapter in the blood soaked pages of the Hill House tale, one that will never cease to happen again and again as long as the house stands.

This book was very short yet it feed me like the biggest opus. The buildup I got from the characters and their past was a marvelous back drop to a creepy house that was manifesting something truly dark and ugly. I have enjoyed this book tremendously and will wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a chilling read.

- Kasia S.

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Shirley Jackson'sThe Haunting of Hill Househas unnerved readers since its original publication in 1959. A tale of subtle, psychological terror, it has earned its place as one of the significant haunted house stories of the ages.

Eleanor Vance has always been a loner--shy, vulnerable, and bitterly resentful of the 11 years she lost while nursing her dying mother. "She had spent so long alone, with no one to love, that it was difficult for her to talk, even casually, to another person without self-consciousness and an awkward inability to find words." Eleanor has always sensed that one day something big would happen, and one day it does. She receives an unusual invitation from Dr. John Montague, a man fascinated by "supernatural manifestations." He organizes a ghost watch, inviting people who have been touched by otherworldly events. A paranormal incident from Eleanor's childhood qualifies her to be a part of Montague's bizarre study--along with headstrong Theodora, his assistant, and Luke, a well-to-do aristocrat. They meet at Hill House--a notorious estate in New England.

Hill House is a foreboding structure of towers, buttresses, Gothic spires, gargoyles, strange angles, and rooms within rooms--a place "without kindness, never meant to be lived in...."

Although Eleanor's initial reaction is to flee, the house has a mesmerizing effect, and she begins to feel a strange kind of bliss that entices her to stay. Eleanor is a magnet ...

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ISBN-10: 0143039989
ISBN-13: 978-0143039983
Author: Shirley Jackson
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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