The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

There’s a specific reason I titled this post “Show vs. Tell” rather than the more common “Show, Don’t Tell.” Because not all telling is bad. Yep, the second sentence in and I’m already trying to confuse you. To show or to tell is the great debate of creative writing. Some absolutely think you should neverRead more about The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)[…]

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

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)[…]

The Dead House Review

The Dead House Review

The dead houseThe Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Released: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Source: Borrowed

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