I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley
On one fateful night, Elmbridge High burned down. This night was a mystery. Three people were killed and Carly Johnson went missing. A diary is found belonging to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s ‘twin’ sister. Except Carly did not have a twin sister and the diary raises more questions than it solves. Such as what happened that night, and who is Kaitlyn?
The Dead House had a really strong start with lots of intrigue and mystery. I loved the psychological aspect. However, the story started to drag around the 40%, and it went down hill from there. It was most likely because the atmosphere and plot of the story shifted from a psychological mystery to a paranormal mystery which I was not as keen on.
Kaitlyn was a really interesting character but I don’t think she could hold the story completely on her own. At 440 pages, revelations and pacing were ridiculously slow – too slow to hold my interest at all. I believe that The Dead Housecould have benefited from a faster pace and kept itself purely psychological rather than adding the paranormal aspect.
Overall, an interesting read but due to the length it really lost me and I was really struggling with it – hence the DNF.
MY RATING: ★★☆☆☆