“Curses are like chickens, they always come home to roost.” - Charles H. Spurgeon
Adley Lange's idea of a summer vacation with her parents was spending it anywhere but her late grandmother's mansion somewhere in the high desert of New Mexico. moreover, the sprawling Capilla Manor, with its deteriorating facade and weed-choked yard, gave her the creeps. inside the house, something waits for Adley - eager to welcome and enfold her in its bony embrace.
the book started out slow for me and my enthusiasm waned a bit due to Adley's mood swings. it was getting to a point that i found her tactless behavior and disparaging language too unbearable to make me quit reading when i realized that the author's writing was quite effective in making me feel that way. in other words, i have been had. i fell into the author's trap. with that "eureka moment", my interest in Adley and her haunting rose again from chapter 8 onward especially after her encounter with her neighbor Victor Trumillo. that meeting, i think, when things began to unravel, was the catalyst that spurred me on.
strong characterization, appropriate word choice, graphic details evoking vivid, hellish imagery are some of the novel's strong points. in particular, i enjoyed the action-packed, hair-raising confrontation near the end of the book. it was like watching a tension-filled championship game where one wrong move could spell disaster for one team and victory for the other.
however, there was that specific twist in the remaining pages which i did not favor at first but what it resulted to seemed justified somehow. i just wished it did not have to be that way but horror fans like myself know that when the horror stops, the creepylicious fun ends too.
overall, Carole Avila's novel about a generational curse, an evil entity and two teenagers fighting for their lives has all the ingredients to scare you off while still letting you have a good time in the process.
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my personal rating is:
Death House contains material not suitable for younger readers 13 and under.
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review via Reading Alley. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.