The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is told through the use of diary entries, film footage transcripts, interview transcripts and medical notes. Twenty five years prior to the start of the book, Elmbridge High School burned down killing three students and leaving another student, Carly missing. Now, the case has been reopened after finding Carly’s twin sister Kaitlin’s diary in the ruins of the school, but Carly didn’t have a twin…
I absolutely loved this book. I wasn’t sure what I would think about it because of the way the story was told. I’ve read a couple of books that were told through letters or emails and they just didn’t work for me but this was not one of those books.
I thought the story was told in a way that made it feel like I was reading a typical novel and not like I was missing half the story, which is what it can feel like sometimes when a novel is written in an unconventional way.
I also really enjoyed the characters. Each of them brought something to the story and had one of them not been included I don’t think it would have been as strong of a story. I loved the dynamic duo of Carly and Kaitlin. I loved the seemingly good versus evil twin scenerio.
As for the story itself, I loved it. Carly has the day and Kaitlin has the night. They write each other notes but have no recollection of what the other does when it’s their turn to “live”. It was fun to see the transformation. One second you would be having a conversation with Carly and the next you would be talking with Kaitlin. I loved the way the story went and how everything came together in the end. I can’t say much about the story itself because it would give way too much away but it’s definitely worth the read to find out what happens.
So that’s as much as I can share for this review without spoiling anything big so definitely check it out. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.