Title: The Haunting of Hill House
Author: Shirley Jackson
Publication date: 16th October 1959
Publisher: Penguin Classics
My rating: ⭐️
Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past.
As they begin to cope with horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers – and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
Ohh, this is such a tough one to review!
Last year I binged watched the series and I completely fell in love with it. It was spooky, but not too spooky and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I watched it.
And so when I found out that it was based on a book, I knew I had to have the book.
I just, didn’t love the book at all.
I understand that the series is WAY different to the book, for example in the series the main characters are siblings, in the book they are strangers. But this book wasn’t even spooky…like not even a little bit. I purposely used caution when reading, and not reading at night incase it was too spooky but I needn’t have bothered. It was a walk in the park…which is really disappointing.
The ending just sort of happened, the pacing was off. The beginning and middle was filled with a lot of repetitive things and then the ending just happened and left me with more questions than answers. Nothing scary happened and if I’m being honest, the scariest part was how weird Mrs Dudley was.
Oh well, I’m glad I read it but this one time I can say ‘The Series is better than the book’. I was expecting a dark, deeply disturbing haunted house story. But I didn’t get that.