It’s that time of year again! Time for me to suck it up and tell you guys exactly how I did. Spoiler: I met 7 of my 14 goals this quarter. That’s a 50% F. Boo. Next year I’m actually going to start doing bi-monthly goals, something my writing friend Kristen Martin does. Quarterly goalsRead more about Quarter 3 Wrap-up & Quarter 4 Goals[…]
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I’ve talked an awful lot about goals lately. I’m actually in the process of completed one of my larger quarterly goals: buying a house! But I’m dragging you to the computer today to talk about a different kind of goal – the kind that relates to plots. There’s no doubt that an odd cloud ofRead more about How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)[…]
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Total word count: 121,925 Pages cut: 1 Scenes edited: 3 Scenes rewritten: 3 Total pages: 349 These updates are so I can track my progress, and for anyone who’s interested in knowing! I’m only counting what I’ve done in the last two days as I can’t remember what exactly I’ve edited before that. Although IRead more about Editing Update #1[…]
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NaNoWriMo is over. That means you’re probably either rejoicing or bummed out, depending on how much you enjoyed this past month. I can say that I’m nearly indifferent. Which I think is crazy, considering that I did win NaNo. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely happy and excited that I won, but November was aRead more about NaNoWriMo Results + An Update on My Novel[…]
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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Released: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .
Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.
Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?
Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.
| My thoughts |
Rating: 5/5 stars.
I don’t even know how to start this review. There is not a single thing that I can think of that I didn’t like about this book. Even reading other’s review of this book gives me no ideas about things that I didn’t like.
This book. If you don’t like creepy things, this book is not for you. This is the book I was most looking forward to during the month of October and boy, did it deliver! There are some scenes that straight up gave me goosebumps and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I never felt like I couldn’t read this at night, but it definitely gave me that giddy adrenaline rush that I love scary movies so much for. I don’t want to give anything away here, but some scenes…. Read more about The Dead House Review …