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Book Blogger Hop: 10/13-19

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!


This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

I am not one for much horror, but I have read a few here and there. Currently, my favorite horror author is Dawn Kurtagich. She has only written two novels and I loved them both! The Dead House is a psychological thriller with urban legends mixed in and I didn’t want to read this book at night. Kurtagich’s writing style is amazing and filled with so many plot twists that you don’t see them coming until they have already passed! For me that is very important, I don’t like reading books that are predictable because those can get very boring very fast.

Are there any other Dawn Kurtagich fans out there? If not, who is your favorite horror author?


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The Dead House: The Naida Tapes Review

The Dead House: The Naida Tapes by Dawn Kurtagichthedeadhousenaida

A companion novella

Published: October 11th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

A digital short story from The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich
There is a box. A box that should never have been discovered. And a warning beneath the lid.
This was for Kaitlyn. It was a mistake. Forget this box and leave the Isle. Don’t look any further.
I’m begging you. N.C.D. 2005
After the inferno that swept through Elmbride High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear, Naida Chounan-Dupre was locked away for the good of society.
But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Because you can’t play with the devil and not pay the price.
The chilling, psychological horror of The Dead House returns with never-before-seen footage of the Naida tapes.

The Dead House: The Naida Tapes: A Companion Novella

I really enjoyed The Dead House last year, so of course I was going to pick up this novella and find out what happened to Naida! I definitely suggest you read The Dead House first before even thinking about picking up this novella, especially since it is set after the end of the book.

In this short 100ish pages, we see the after affects of dealing with a demon and dealing with things over ones head. Naida is traumatized from her stint in Kaitlyn’s dead house that she had to cut out her tongue before something bad happened. Now Naida realizes that the demon was never done with her or Kaitlyn, so Naida has to go back home to take care of it.

Just like in The Dead House this is told in diary entries, video tapes, and notes that give you insight to Naida’s mind during this time. In such a short amount of time Kurtagich still manages to give you the same creepy, psychological horror as in the first book. I just wish that this was an actual novel instead of a novella, but beggars can’t be choosers. =)