Review: “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

Dr. Montague goes to the Hill House to find the evidence of ‘haunting’ and he invites 3 people to join him in this quest – lighthearted Theodora, the future owner of the house Luke and Eleanor, friendless, fragile woman who the doctor believes has previously experience being haunted. The lot of them stay in the house in order to experience what it has to offer.

This is going to be a relatively short review, primarly because the books wasn’t long either, but also because I did not enjoy it.I have had no prior experience with ‘horror’ genre and when I have received this book in one of the OwlCrate boxes, I decided to give it a chance.

There are a lot of symbolisms and levels within this story and the main protagonist seems to be Eleanor. She is a very shy woman who for majority of her young life has tended to her ill mother and only now, after her death, she seems to want to take control of her life.

Described as a ‘horror’, it did not feel to me as much in any sense. Rather it felt as if it was a psychological thriller rather than your usual haunted house tale. I didn’t feel any tension reading it, the plot was going nowhere and it was quirky. The book was vague in general. Having read it, I already forgot reading it, it just didn’t have any impact on me as a reader.

Having said that, it was my first ever ‘horror’ read, therefore I am unfamiliar with this genre. If you have any ‘horror’ book recommendations, please let me know down in the comment section!

Thank you for reading this review and until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!

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