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The Dead House
The Dead House | Dawn Kurtagich
Welcome to the Dead House. Three 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.
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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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I love the format!

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BookishGamer87
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I can definitely tell that this is a debut novel. It just didn't quite have that creep factor that I'm used to in a Kurtagich book. Was interesting, but not as good as her other two.

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LauraJ
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Good YA horror that is a mix of mental illness and black magic.

Dragon 😻 6mo
TheEllieMo Such a gorgeous cat!😻 6mo
LauraJ @TheEllieMo And she's available for adoption! 6mo
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LauraJ
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But don‘t real Trekkies refer to themselves as Trekkers? Educate me, Littens! 🖖🏼

TK-421 That‘s the great debate & it‘s been going on for decades! Roddenberry himself supposedly said “Trekkie” was the correct term while Leonard Nimoy once said “Trekker” was preferred. As a fan myself, I guess I prefer Trekkie but I‘d probably call myself a “Trek Nerd”. I don‘t feel like I‘m dedicated enough to be considered a Trekkie. And I like Star Wars, too so that‘s an unpardonable sin 😂 6mo
LauraJ @TK-421 No wonder I get confused! And I like Trek and Wars equally. 6mo
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AnxiousOptimistic
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This book was very interesting! It‘s set up as a series of interviews, diary entries, and video transcriptions which kept it interesting and made it seem more realistic. This book is considered a YA horror and that perfectly describes it. Although it‘s not particularly scary, it does have spiritual and magical elements that add to the creep factor. I‘m so glad I picked up this book!

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Amberdfoy
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On a horror kick apparently. And I just ordered some old YA books I never read in school, so on a YA kick too 🤨

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Joy0201
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So awesome! My #allhallowsreadswap was filled with goodies! You are so generous Megan! Thank you so much!!!

FlowerFairy Oh my goodness! The tagged book sounds wonderful! 13mo
m.galehuxley No problem! I hope you enjoy it and Happy Halloween! 🎃💀🖤 13mo
Avanders What are those things in the little white wrappers? They look fun 😁😁 13mo
Joy0201 @Avanders I think they‘re bath bombs. I need to ask. They smell great! 13mo
Avanders Oooh nice! 13mo
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KelliJo
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This was another amazing book by Dawn Kurtagich! I absolutely loved listening to this story! It was the perfect amount of spooky for a fall evening. Recommend highly!

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KelliJo
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Doctor says I have Carpel Tunnel. Most likely from my increased reading and how I position myself when I do so. 😂 So since I'm in this beauty, for 2 weeks, I'm listening to audio books. The Dead House is amazing so far. I thought 'And the Trees Crept In' couldn't be topped but 'The Dead House' is very close so far!

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NicoleCeBallos
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I was blown away by this debut novel. If you like a good horror story, read it. It is told via journal entries, camera footage, and interviews. #horror

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Mccartershanon
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Actually pretty creepy!!! Highly recommend listening to this book!

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WayToDawn324
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Time to finish up this read and then onto the next 😍

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WayToDawn324
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I started The Dead House on my flight home yesterday and it‘s way better than I thought it would be! It has a format similar to Illuminae (which is one of my favorite books). Hopefully I can finish it up after work today 🤞

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LibrarianRyan
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This was part of last years #audiobooksync free downloads. I've been listening to it since yesterday and am really liking it. While it doesn't have a #poltergeist, the "sister" acts as a poltergeist. If you have listened/red it you get it. #april80smovies.

hes7 I have this one from last year‘s downloads, too, but I haven‘t listened to it yet. Glad to hear you‘re liking it! 2y
Johanna414 They‘re starting back up again this month and have some great titles in the lineup! 2y
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sparrowssavvy
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Was so excited to read this as I loved her second book. It did not disappoint. Very trippy and creepy. The questioning of what was real, what was imaginary, what in someone's mind, and what was supernatural was very well handled. The written format of letters, interviews, video descriptions, diary entires, etc. was so unique and fun to read. And things were still so vivid and I could totally imagine everything coming to life.

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sparrowssavvy
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Loving the concept of this book. Such an interesting format as the whole thing is told in letters, texts, interviews, videos, etc.

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Joanne5
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Read it if you like creepy. It won't be for everyone as it's done in the style of police reports and diary entries but it was creepy good. Kept me reading and actually made me a little scared to go to sleep last night, that almost never happens.

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SNM99
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I absolutely loved the alternative writing format. The diary and notes between Carly and Kaitlyn, psychiatric reports, witness testimonials and video footage were easy to follow. Kaitlyn, the alter ego, becomes the main suspect in Carly's disappearance. You dig deeper and realize that there's some memory being suppressed in their mind about an incident that Dr. Lansing won't tell them about because she feels that they aren't ready to know yet.

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BookishMarginalia
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This YA #thriller looks amazing! What really happened when 3 students disappeared? The house knows. (I‘m also a sucker for novels that incorporate different modes of writing: diaries, psych evaluations, and more!) #BAM #TBRtemptation

DeleteAcct Stacked. This sounds amazing. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Cool cover! 2y
bookaholic1 Just the cover alone has me wanting to read it 2y
Clare-Dragonfly Whoa! That sounds awesome! 2y
Asthecroweflies You would probably like the book I just finished from the Wayward Children series: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. 2y
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ThatOneLibrarian
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It‘s rare when I love a book despite so many flaws, but this is a gateway YA horror if I‘ve ever seen one. Absolutely hand this to older teens, but adults looking for a scare should pass (they‘ll have seen better versions before).

RadicalReader @ThatOneLibrarian love when a book grips you tightly because of how what the heck moments grab you and refuse to release their grip until the final page 2y
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ThatOneLibrarian
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Ack! 1:30 in the morning and I am forcing myself to put this book down. Even with all its issues, it has me utterly entranced. #horror #ya #librarian

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ThatOneLibrarian
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Had to put off reading to #gym, but wore my favorite gym shirt so still book adjacent. NOW home to #food! And #books! 📚 🥪☕️

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Victoriahoperose
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This was a really great thriller. I really enjoyed the different views it had between dissociative identity disorder and possession. It was creepy, but also left you wondering. I found myself reading late into the night and not even realizing it. It's definitely a good read for the fall!

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Fallen-in-between-the-pages
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Mehso-so

I'm not a huge horror book fan and this kind of scary book was not my thing at all! I love this author that's for sure and I love her style of writing just the story line wasn't for me lol. You have to give her books a chance if you enjoy a scary story every now and then, and if you need a good audio book this is the author to go to for an amazing creepy audio book!!

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ageekygirllikeme
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"I've learned, in my tragic little life, that memories are like water. Not solid, like some people think. Once something happens, it isn't set in stone. It can change. You can make yourself believe anything if you lie to yourself enough." -Kaitlyn Johnson

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tszewczyk
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"Can they hear me, the corpses beneath the little gravestones in what I call my Forgotten Garden? There are only about thirty, from a long, long time ago. Nothing but dust now, not even memories. Most of the headstones are illegible, sentiment that even stone wasn't strong enough to hold. I told you. Forgotten Garden, full of skeletons, like depressing seeds that will never flower."

tszewczyk Well... that was terrifying... 2y
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tjwill
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Mehso-so

I got the audiobook free from audiobooksync.com which gives 2 free books each week during the summer. They started early this year and this was from week 1. Check it out! This book was very creepy at times but things started to get a bit weird for me, and I love weird books. I felt it got too unrealistic in the magic/mystical parts.

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Icefireski
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Mehso-so

Told in a similar style to The Iluminae Filed but a bit darker. Deals with a girl named Carly whose parents died in an accident. We open to her in a mental institution that she spends her summers in when she isn't in boarding school. In the day she is Carly but at night she is Kaitlyn. The doctors say it is a psychosis from the accident but Carly says Kaitlyn has always been there. Was an okay read

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Kristelh
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Finished Sleeping Giants, first book finished for @DeweysReadathon #deweys24hourreadathon. Starting The Dead House for my audio. Bought two books at the book store.

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Do you fellow Littens know about this great program from Audiofile? 2 free audiobooks all summer long! It's fantastic! Www.audiobooksync.com

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Stacywill8
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Interesting mystery of the mind

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Kestrel_Reads
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A "found-footage/journal/notes" book (which I thinked worked really well for this story) about a missing girl, Carly/Kaitlyn Johnson, who may live with DID or house two souls in one body. Several people are dead and someone is messing with dark powers best left to themselves. This book was exactly what I was looking to read - an entertaining horror romp with some classic horror tropes and wonderfully disturbing and, at times, grotesque imagery.

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Lovebooks_always
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It was really an amazing read that keeps you guessing even when you think you know what's going on but then you're still not sure. I am at the point will I will buy whatever Dawn writes! I love reading her stories!

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DzdnDstrctd
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The book I just finished was #epistolary! I think. Does it only pertain to letters? Or can it be diaries? This one was a bit of both. #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

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BekahB
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I have a ridiculously large TBR! I mix my TBR with my read books. I keep a list of all my books on a spreadsheet and check them off as I read them.

This is my horror fiction bookcase. I didn't get through as many of these as I had intended to in 2016. Along with participating in a couple reading challenges, my goal is to also read through my horror TBR in 2017. Have any horror fans heard of some good horror reading challenges?

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LeahBergen I shelve all my books together, too, so I can't really do a TBR shot! 3y
Suzze A horror challenge would be fun. Especially in the fall. 3y
Karkar Is that an IT pop figure? 3y
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BekahB @Suzze it would be a lot of fun! The Horror Aficionados group I'm part of on Goodreads has a page count challenge, but I would love something more specific like the Litsy Reading Challenge, except specific to horror reads. 😀 3y
BekahB @Karkar Yep!! I think It and Regan from the Exorcist are the two creepiest pops I own. 😀 3y
Karkar @BekahB that is so awesome! ❤❤❤ 3y
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LovelyLadyKaty
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So one of the main characters in this book is named "Kaitlyn" and may or may not be a demon. Is it vain that I was interested because of the name share? ?

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Downtonabbeyroad394
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Yesternight, upon the stair I met a girl who wasn't there.She wasn't there again today.I wish, I wish she'd...
... Carly

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TheLudicReader
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Mehso-so

I would actually rate this book as so-so and a half because even if I couldn't 100% follow the narrative (which I think is half the point) it was still a fun, creepy and clever YA novel. #readathon

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IndyHannaJones
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Over all this book was very entertaining. It was rambling and chaotic which is exactly how it was supposed to be. Some of the writing was a little subpar and some of the details didn't quite add up. I didn't love the ending...it seems like there was too much build up that the book couldn't quite deliver. However, I liked the story enough that I would go and check out her new book.

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IndyHannaJones
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Just got to a part that made me go 'NOPE' and turn on all the lights and wake my bf up.

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theyareader
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Mehso-so

I was expecting to like this one a bit more.

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AngelErin
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🌟I had too much fun taking this picture of #thedeadhouse by #dawnkurtagich & I can't wait to read it. I'm saving it to read in October though! Can you tell I'm ready for #halloween ?🌟

PurpleyPumpkin Great picture!🎃☠⚰ 3y
britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷 3y
Dragon Nice! Getting that Halloween vibe ! 👻 3y
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Jillsandypants Fun picture! 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Yay! Halloween is the best! 💜☠🎃👻💀💚 3y
Suzze Great picture! 3y
AngelErin @PurpleyPumpkin Ty!! 🎃👻 3y
AngelErin @britt_brooke Thanks!! 👻 3y
AngelErin @Dragon Definitely! Halloween is my favorite holiday 🎃 3y
AngelErin @Jillsandypants Thank you!! 😀👻 3y
AngelErin @Valkyrie923 YES!!! Definitely, I love it! 👻🎃😍 3y
AngelErin @Suzze Ty!! 👻🎃 3y
DebinHawaii Love this photo! 💀❤️ 3y
AngelErin @DebinHawaii Thank you! 🎃🎃 3y
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HiddenGemBooks
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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, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.
#TBR?

Zelma That sounds deliciously creepy! 3y
BibliophileMomma This sounds so good. I just got it for kindle and it was only 2.99 😁 3y
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Bjboxall
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Getting into this ... Love a good horror.