The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich review 👻

Two decades have passed since an inferno claimed the lives of three teenagers and caused Carly Johnson to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.” Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. But many claimed Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.”


This book has a cool layout similar to Illuminae & Gemina. So it was cool! And made it a fast read. I really didn’t have a problem with any of the characters. Didn’t hate but didn’t love love them. I did enjoy the Carly/Kaitlyn character more than any of them. I definitely didn’t see the ending happening and I could not guess who the “Olen” was. I thought I knew but was totally wrong. But I enjoyed the book. I can see why some people didn’t like it because they said it was slow but I think it worked with this story. It had to build up. It had a creep factor to it for sure but wasn’t like spine tingling scary. I do wish we had a bit more background info on Carly/Kaitlyn and the whole family/accident situation but we didn’t. 

My only issue with it was I felt there towards the end the author was stretching it out a bit to add more pages. It could have ended 50-75 pages before it didn’t. But overall I enjoyed it. I would recommend trying it. 

4/5🌟

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