Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I heard of this Penguin Modern Classic title from The Telegraph’s 15 Scary Books to Terrify You This Halloween.

Dr Montague, an eminent anthropologist with an interest in paranormal activity decides to spend time at Hill House, which has been plagued with rumours of mysterious going-ons for eighty years. He gathers a group of voluntary assistants: Eleanor, Theodore and Luke, who all witness various anomalies but are they equipped to deal with the malevolence that lurks within Hill House?

Written in the late 1950s, this novel is highly regarded as a milestone in horror writing and in the way it portrays the imposing Hill House and the suspense built throughout the novel, I can understand why. However, there’s a lot of telling in this novel and very little showing. Ultimately a lot of the details of the horror are left to the readers imagination.

A good ghost story for the era it was written, but not the best I have read in 2015.

Links To Book:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Goodreads

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