The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Review


The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson | Penguin Classics | Pub: 10/16/59


“People are always jealous.”

This was my first classic I have read in a bit and my first Shirley Jackson book. I picked it up because I had just watched the show on Netflix, and I had fallen in love with the show.

The book is closer to the movie The Haunting than the Netflix show and I have to say, I was fairly disappointed. I was expecting scary and chilling because that is all I have heard about Shirley Jackson, but I never felt scare at all during it… it was rather lackluster in my opinion.

I did buy a second Shirley Jackson book, so I am hoping that one is actually scary.

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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, the 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.

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