The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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The Dead HouseDate Published: September 15, 2015

Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Edition Read: physical, hardback

Dates Read: 2/3/16-2/7/16

Rating4 and a half rating graphic

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SynopsisThree 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.


My ThoughtsI really love the way this book was told and it wouldn’t have made sense if it was told any other way. I like that you get glimpses of the future and what is going on after “the incident” while we are learning the events leading up to it through the diary entries and recordings. I really felt like I was inside Carly/Kaitlyn’s mind the whole time I was reading. The mystery of this was incredible. I couldn’t put this book down. It sucked me in and didn’t let me go until the last page. Highly recommend. 


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