The Haunting of Hill House: Book Review

This book follows four strangers, one being Dr. Montague, spending time in the house called, ‘Hill House’. This house was known to be haunted, and they tended to spend weeks trying to see if rumors were true. The house is haunted and journeys end in lovers meetings.

Published: 1959

Genre: Horror fiction & psychological horror

Pages: 246

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This book made me laugh, it annoyed me, it frightened me, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m glad I was recommended this book, because the story was amazing. I can see why the Netflix show was so great, because the book is fantastic. I don’t have too many complaints, regarding story telling or characters. The way the characters talked amused me to no end, and I can tell the time period they were in. I was angry by the end of the book, but that was because I was supposed to be upset.

One of the greatest points of ‘The Haunting of Hill House, is the imagery.

The way Shirley Jackson described the scenes, put a clear image of what was happening in my head. I enjoyed reading about the stone lions and the orleanders, and the chilling way she described the house getting cold. The imagery really set the book on its pace, because you could see what was happening, as if it was playing on a tv.

Another great point of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is Eleanor Vance.

Her whole character was written well, and she kept the story on the ground. We were seeing the things from her eyes, and feelings the emotions she felt, and her emotions were portrayed nicely. It didn’t feel forced, nor did it seem like she was an actual fictional character. This character was a character that if you sat and read, you’d connect with her.

Although, most of the characters, if not all, were portrayed greatly in the novel.

One of the weakest points of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is the ending.

I didn’t like how Nell was handled at the end, and I think it’s the optimism in me. I think it could’ve been discussed more, or it could’ve taken another route.

As, I write this, I suppose it makes sense that it ended the way it did. I still feel like there could’ve been something else, but I’m completely satisfied with this book, and I would read it again. I plan to read it again sometime in the future.

I didn’t really see anymore weak points in this novel, because as I said, I enjoyed this book immensely.

I enjoyed this book so much, from start to finish. The story was well written, and well told, and other than a few complaints, I enjoyed it. I recommend this book for people who love psychological horror. I believe that’s what’s so great about it, it wasn’t more-so gory horror, as it were the mind is a terror place.

That makes it so great, because the mind can be scary when you’re in control. How do you think it’ll be when there are forces influencing you that you can’t control?

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have you ever read ‘The Haunting of Hill House’? How did you feel about it? If you haven’t read it, will you?

I hope you enjoyed my review on this book, and that you enjoy reading the book, if you decide to. If you want to read my previous review, click here. Or, if you like reading book tags, click here.


~ tee, signing off.

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