Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Audio: The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich

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, e-mails. And the diary.
The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known. 

Audiobook 11 h
Published September 15th 2015 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Horror YA
Own

My thoughts:
Ohhhh this was creepy! If it had been in print I am sure I would not have found it so, but in audio it actually made me scared and not many manage that (I can only think of 1). The audio (which I sometimes listened to while baby S was still asleep, bad idea, I was all omg what if something is in this dark room!) Right the audio was great and spooky.

Even now I do not know what happened. Carly was crazy, sorry! She had whatever now it was called, she is Carly during the day, and Kaitlyn at night. But she has always been like that. Though Doctor Lansing thinks she created Kaitlyn to deal with the aftermath of her parents death.

Kaitlyn hears voices and does now sleep. Kaitlyn is the one whose diary we read. We never get the days or Carly.

The book is told in diary form, police reports and doctor-patient tapes, and it does work really well in audio. Throw in some spooky music that had me wondering first wtf I was hearing. I thought I was loosing it like her.

But there is something sinister going on also. Dark powers at play. But then again who knows. Kaitlyn IS hearing a dark voice in her head after all. She SHOULD be at the mental hospital. She should accept help. But then her disorder makes her not trust anyone.

And darker it got. And the Dead House *shivers*. Ugh, that was creepy.

I could never imagine how it would feel to have a split personality like this. Poor girl.

Gotta give it a 4 for its creepiness (I have become nicer with my reviews, dang, now that means everything up to now is all wrong. There should be more 4s spread around. Oh well.)

Conclusion:
Def listen to it and feel the creepiness.

Charlotte Parry (Narrator), Christian Coulson (Narrator)
I really liked Charlotte. She did great with the voices and making Carly and Kaitlyn different. And showing the madness like she did.

CHristian did police reports and news clippings. Very good


32 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I could do this on audio but I might like it in print.

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  2. This one interests me. I like creepy and I've heard good things about the author.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Maybe even try it on audio? ;) Nah I know you like reading more

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  3. Oh that does sound creepy and I love creepy.

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  4. I know what you mean when suddenly music plays during an audiobook - makes me jump often! Would sure add to the spookiness in this one.

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    1. It was so strange! And at times I thought it was someone behind me. Gotta love sound effects

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  5. Oh, a creepy audio might be my thing!

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  6. The only book that gave me that experience was Bram Stoker's Dracula -- the original. Much creepier than the many many movies!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I have never actually read that one

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  7. I haven't tried a creepy book as audio yet, bet I'd be freaked out haha

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  8. ooo! Creepy!!!! The cover is haunting too.

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  9. I didn't like this one but I know others who enjoyed it a lot too. I may have to retry this one on audio. Might make the difference but I'm blaming you if I can't sleep! LOL

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    1. I do not think print would give the same feels

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  10. This is one of my all time favorite books. I read the book instead of listening to it, I almost feel like you should read it to get the full effect. But I might try listening!

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    1. LOL, you felt like me then. And I am all listen to the full effect :D

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  11. Okay. I don't think I can do this one because of the creepy. But that is totally awesome when an audio can come across this way! I love it! Great.

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  12. I think that I might actually have a copy of this one. It sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  13. I read the print of this one, which had cool visuals. But yeah, I heard the audiobook was amazing with all the sound effects.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I know I always say it, but I am sure I would not have enjoyed it as much in print :)

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  14. Oh freakin' heck, the blurb had me uneasy, I don't think I'd survive the actual book! Although, the format sounds really interesting.

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  15. Now this sounds good, especially on audio.

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