Pete Reviews The Haunting Of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Haunting, House, Mystery, Physic, Brandy, Home

Any particular reason for choosing this book? For the month leading up to Halloween I’ve decided to read books relating to that theme.

Genre: Physiological Mystery

Who was your favorite character and why? Eleanor Vance because I felt the most sympathetic towards her.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Eleanor Vance because she became so annoying by the end of the story.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? I thought this book was going to very intense after reading the first chapter. However it did not deliver anything more than a mildly disturbing chill and was only mediocre at best as far as suspense goes.

Was it plot or character driven? Character driven, the plot was rather weak.

What did you think of the ending? Probably the biggest let-down I’ve ever read.

What was the moral of the story? Don’t underestimate the power of haunted Hill House.

Favorite quote:
“How weary one gets of this constant pounding” Theodora said ridiculously. “Next summer, I must really go somewhere else.”
“There are disadvantages everywhere,” Luke told her. “In the lake regions you get mosquitoes.”

What would you change? I’d make it either more light-hearted or more Stephen King-like.

Would you read it again? No!

Have you read other books by the same author? No, and Shirley Jackson is not a name I’ll be seeking out.

How does the book compare to the film? There are two film versions: 1963 and 1999. I may watch them both one day.

Who would you recommend it to? I can’t think of anyone I’d recommend this book to.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail: Wrought iron spiral staircase in the library

Beer pairing: Lucky Girl Brewing’s Haunted Pumpkin Ale

Recipe: Chocolate Souffle

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