The Dead House

  • by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Narrated by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!
Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace....
...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.
But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?
The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, emails. And the diary.
The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

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Unique, Mind Trip of a Book! It's fabulous.

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It felt like I was listening to a movie. I loved it!


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This book was so interesting. I don't think I have ever read a book about DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder a.k.a. Multiple Personality Disorder). It was fascinating and scary at the same time.

Carly and Kaitlyn are the same person. One lives in the day and one lives at night, and they both think they are real. They leave messages to each other in their diary, so they know what each of them are doing.

Carly and Kaitlyn are being treated by a Psychotherapist who is convinced that Kaitlyn was developed to protect Carly from the trauma in her life. Carly knows that something has happened, and that she can Kaitlyn and their little sister Jamie are just trying to survive. Jamie has been sent to live with someone else, and Carly and Kaitlyn have been sent to a school.

I cannot even begin to tell you how creepy this book was for me. The mind is such a fascinating thing. To go through this journey with Carly and Kaitlyn was so intense. They have a lot of issues, but things in their life seem to just keep going wrong and neither of them can figure it out. Carly's therapist is trying to have her integrate Kaitlyn and deal with the trauma she has blocked so that she can get better.

There are forces in this book that are far more determined to not let that happen.

This is a mind trip of a book. Which I have to admit was kind of awesome. Nerve racking at times, but awesome. If you like intense, and psychological thrillers this is a good one. I don't think the actual book was scary, it was the disorder, and all the things that came with it.

Source: I bought this book for myself. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content: Some language, some talk of sex, and a few acts of sex.

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- quibecca

Sucked in, spit out, sucked in...

I picked up this book only a couple of days ago. It is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to, due in huge part to the performances and the production. There are seriously intense/paranormal/spooky elements to this book; it's not for the squeamish. This style of book is normally not something I would read, but I HAD to know what would happen next.
It jumps forward and backward in time, sometimes making you feel like you've got to have a scorecard to keep up, but the narrator always tells you how far before/after the "incident" the events take place.
I plan on re-reading this book on a cold, stormy night - maybe in the winter - so I can pick up on all the little details I missed the first time.
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- Daryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio