The Dead House

Paperback | August 2, 2016

byDawn Kurtagich

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"What an evil and original story. You can't stop reading Kaitlyn's diary. But is she real? It's a mystery inside a mystery--and the shocks keep coming. Scary stuff!" --R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series
Welcome to the Dead House.
Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.
Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, 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. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.
Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.
Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary - and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

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"What an evil and original story. You can't stop reading Kaitlyn's diary. But is she real? It's a mystery inside a mystery--and the shocks keep coming. Scary stuff!" --R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street seriesWelcome to the Dead House.Three students: dead.Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.Two decades have passed...

Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of psychologically sinister fiction, and she has a dark and twisted imagination! She lives in Wales, an ancient and mountainous country within the UK (go to England's Midlands and turn left towards the sea). However, she grew up all over the world, predominantly in Africa. She writes and blogs for YA Scream Q...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316298670

ISBN - 13:9780316298674

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy! FANTASTICALLY INSANE. I loved it. I loved the horror aspect, and how the book eased me into it. The black magic, the ghosts, the hauntings, the massively creative horror parts, the aspect of two souls in one body, the wondering if the main character is really insane or if there really is two souls inside the body; and the overall uncertainty of the story and characters, all of it was perfect. The story was a bit confusing at first and the format took a little bit to get used to but once I did, I was so engrossed. There was depth in this novel; a slight bit of twisted dark romance mixed in with the horror and insanity amongst other elements that made this story great. I am having trouble really explaining how much I enjoyed it; it seems like one of those, you just have to experience reading it for yourself kind of thing. Upon finishing this book, I read the author's note and I looked part of it up due to curiosity and stumbled on an interview the author had done about this book. Which gave me even more respect and admiration for the author; hearing what she has experienced and how she created this story and the work and thought she's put into it is massively admirable. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a creepy horror ride!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spine Tingling I finished this book late last night and I have to admit it has been a while since I was too scared to leave my bed to get a glass of water. It was haunting, it was terrifying, it made me question the reality we call our own. The unconventional way the author chose to tell the story of Kaitlyn and her descent into madness or maybe her sad story as she falls victim to something sinister added to the mystery and anticipation to reach the conclusion. A collection of diary entries, video clips and audio clips of interviews and treatment sessions help paint a greater picture of the characters and the situation they are in without any sense of bias. It is impossible to comment much more on the story without giving something away that would diminish the skin crawling entertainment of reading this story. With twists and turns at every corner of this story the reader is plunged deeper into the web of Kaitlyn’s mind as it is entangled between reality and that which lurks in the dark just outside every person’s grasp of consciousness. A bit gory, a bit gothic and a whole lot of haunting images that will stick with the reader long after finishing this story, it is one worthy of the Horror genre category. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in search for a spine-tingling and richly developed story.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Halloween read! FANTASTICALLY INSANE. I loved it. I loved the horror aspect, and how the book eased me into it. The black magic, the ghosts, the hauntings, the massively creative horror parts, the aspect of two souls in one body, the wondering if the main character is really insane or if there really is two souls inside the body; and the overall uncertainty of the story and characters, all of it was perfect. The story was a bit confusing at first and the format took a little bit to get used to but once I did, I was so engrossed. There was depth in this novel; a slight bit of twisted dark romance mixed in with the horror and insanity amongst other elements that made this story great. I am having trouble really explaining how much I enjoyed it; it seems like one of those, you just have to experience reading it for yourself kind of thing. Upon finishing this book, I read the author's note and I looked part of it up due to curiosity and stumbled on an interview the author had done about this book. Which gave me even more respect and admiration for the author; hearing what she has experienced and how she created this story and the work and thought she's put into it is massively admirable. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a creepy horror ride!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not creepy enough Written from pieces of a journal, the story unravels in a unique way. Mostly there's journal entries, newspaper clippings and even some video camera screenshots (ones which I found to be creepy!). There is one main character but this character is also suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, which used to be called multiple personality disorder. During the day one identity comes out and during the evening the other comes out. It was a little confusing at times, but you can tell how distinct their personalities were. I found the details about how their identities change to be the most interesting part of the book. Everything else was just noise. Well I was expecting this huge crazy reason but after I found out about it, it fell flat. The pacing was too dragged out, and the plot took too long to tell the story and the reasoning felt too convenient. Not exactly creepy enough for me. I wanted something paranormal to happen but it really wasn't all that scary. Bonus points for the creepy cover which is why I wanted to read it in the first place. Also for the unique way the story was written! Flip through it if you want to see, just watch out for the screenshots.
Date published: 2015-12-17

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"[W]ill keep many readers anxiously waiting to see what comes next."-School Library Connection