‘The Dead House’ by Dawn Kurtagich


When you find a book on iBooks that’s only $3, it can only mean one of two things: one, it hasn’t been discovered by the mainstream yet, and therefore can’t make much profit, or two, it’s terrible and technically shouldn’t cost any money for its atrocity.

Fortunately, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is of the former, and I’m actually kind of surprised that readers (especially YA readers) aren’t talking about this book more.

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The Dead House is about one girl with two personalities: the authorities know her as Carly Johnson, but nobody likes to talk about the ‘alter’ Kaitlyn, who becomes the main character after strange events began to occur at her boarding school Elmbridge High. The book also talks about a fictional religion called Mala, which is, as I understand it, a mix between witchcraft, voodoo, and Christianity (religious studies people, you would have a hayday with that one!). The opposite of Mala is Grúndi, which is the dark side of all things voodoo and magical.

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Even though the story is laced with horror and magic, there are some major questions asked between the pages and events of the novel. The biggest question deals with where the fine line is between science and the supernatural (or if there is a line to begin with). Can there be twin souls in one body, one soul possessing the day, and another soul owning the night? Or is there a deeper psychological meaning behind it all? The author was wise not to give a direct answer, instead leaving readers to figure it out for themselves.

In addition, the book deals with the kind of romance that all YA readers love to read about – but with a certain twist. I won’t give away what happens in that department, but I will say that I got a more logically satisfying ending when it comes to teenage love.


So, overall, what do I think? I actually really enjoy this book. Though sometimes the details make me space out a little bit from time to time, I won’t say that this was a terrible book. It was well worth my $3, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who isn’t scared (or is scared) of turning the page.


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