Monday, August 3, 2009

The Haunting Of Hill House by: Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House by: Shirley Jackson was a good, somber story about four people who arrive at Hill House to compile evidence of paranormal activity for Dr. Montogue. There is Luke, who is there because he’s going to inherit the house and the family members want him present while the others are there. There’s Theodora, who seems to be a playful, easy-spirited woman. And then there’s Eleanor, who is just trying to find a place to belong.

This book doesn’t rely on gore or actual spirits to scare us. The house and the atmosphere is written so well, so clearly, the reader can practically feel the coldness seep into their skin. It sends chills down your spine, because it’s as if you’re there, you’re completely immerged in this house, wondering who is knocking in the middle of the night.

The scariest things, are the things you can’t see, and that’s exactly what Jackson demonstrates in this novel. I didn’t much like the characters, their constant mood swings just made them annoying. But, overall, I’d give the book a 7/10.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this one yet, but I read her book We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year and enjoyed it. Some of those characters were kind of annoying too and I had a few minor quibbles, but overall it was a book with some really good atmosphere to it.