The Book List #22

The Book List #22

Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe
year: 1991 | pages: 224 | rating: 5/5

This book started my October reading off with an almighty bang; Naomi's Room is a fantastic horror story in the old fashioned style that sends tingles down your spine; I was absolutely gripped from start to finish. When his four-year-old daughter, Naomi, dies, Charles is tormented by grief and starts to hear whispers and footsteps in the house. Old secrets start to come to light as Charles begins unravelling the horrifying history of his house.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
year: 1959 | pages: 182 | rating: 2/5

This was a bit of a snooze fest.. slow, tedious, and not at all scary. Perhaps reading The Haunting of Hill House straight after Naomi's Room was a bad move on my part, but it left me feeling less than enthusiastic about this review. Dr. Montague, with his interest in hauntings, invites three people - Theodora, Eleanor, and Luke - to spend the night at Hill House, a house which is said to be haunted by an evil presence. I found the characters peculiar and unbelievable, and the whole story fell flat for me.

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