The Haunting at Hill House By: Shirley Jackson REVIEW

In my college we had to read The Haunting at Hill House, and what a perfect time to review it just after halloween!

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. (

Eleanor: A very unstable and confused women who has been sheltered her entire life because she has had to take care of her invalid mother. When the invitation arrives to go to Hill House Eleanor jumps at it as her mother has just passed and she is finally free. Her character to some is very weak and annoying, however if you understand her upbringing you will know why. Overall a very well written character with an overactive psyche.

Dr.Montague: The man who rents Hill House for the summer to study the paranormal activity in the house. He is a diverse character acting as father and friend to all those who he is involved with at Hill House.
Characters in general are written with many personalties and the depth of the ocean, making them feel as though they are real human beings.

Quote: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.” 

Rating: *****/*****

This books is eerie more than scary, but none the less a fun read for a chicken like me :)


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