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The Haunting of Hill House

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

An interesting read

I thought this was a wonderful book, but much of it is very subtle. I found myself feeling sorry for the main character (Eleanor), rather than frightened for her. Her story is a very sad one, and often, it was her character that kept me interested, not the plot ...
I thought this was a wonderful book, but much of it is very subtle. I found myself feeling sorry for the main character (Eleanor), rather than frightened for her. Her story is a very sad one, and often, it was her character that kept me interested, not the plot itself. The ending leaves many questions about the character of Eleanor and the events at Hill House, but they are questions that are better left unanswered. I was also surprised at the amount of humor in the book. Much of the dialogue between characters was actually funny and it was refreshing amongst the dark nature of the story itself. I came across The Haunting of Hill House after reading Richard Matheson's Hell House, which has a very similar plot (even a similar name). However, Matheson's novel is much more graphic and overall more frightening, I would say. Although I did not find The Haunting of Hill House especially scary, its characters drew me in and made for a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.

posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2008

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6 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Not what i hoped for

I bought the book hoping that it might be a text of House on Haunted Hill (1959) and when i read it, it was exactly that of "The Haunting" movie that came out a while ago. The Book is just as dry, and also just plain bad. The characters in the book never really become r...
I bought the book hoping that it might be a text of House on Haunted Hill (1959) and when i read it, it was exactly that of "The Haunting" movie that came out a while ago. The Book is just as dry, and also just plain bad. The characters in the book never really become real to you. The horror in the book doesnt even come close to touching you. you could read this book in a dentist waiting room or on a plain, but dont buy it.

posted by HorrorFan89 on April 29, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Dont waste your time or money

    This was dreadful

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    no horror here

    expected scary and creepy. did not expect creep factor of one woman's mind. boring self centered characters. where are the genuinely scary parts?

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Completely Awful

    I started reading this book to take up time before another book came out, and I wish I just spent those two weeks not reading. This book was boring from the start. The characters are so weird and annoying it's dreadful to read them talk, or especially, Eleanor think. It's annoying that she repeats the same sentence ALL the time, and it never makes sense. I would never read this book again. It was a complete waste of time and money. DON'T READ IT! Grab a Goosebumps book, it'd be a lot more scarier.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!

    In all my years of reading, I have never read such a piece of garbage. In school I was assigned a book review to write about a classic book. I chose The Haunting of Hill House. I was excited to read this book because my English teacher had us read the lottery by Shirley Jackson, and I enjoyed it. This book sucked! I thought it was going to be a thriller and a horror book. But through out this whole book I did not pick up any of this. It was quite a bore. I recommend that if you have a choice to read this book or get eaten by a dinosaur. Get eaten, it would be much more enjoyable. That was dramatic, but in any case. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

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