The dead house
By Dawn Kurtagich
Orion Childrens books
I must confess I do prefer the UK cover of this book coming out in August but I just have a feeling this is going to a book worth reading no matter what cover you prefer. It is certainly a book I will be looking our for when it is released.
“Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Five people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .
Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.
Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?”
But the writer Dawn herself adds;
“It’s about two (?) girls who live in the same body. No one is really sure if it’s a type of multiple personality disorder or if there really are two girls in there. One comes out during the day, the other, at night.
When the day girl, Carly, does missing, it’s up to Kaitlyn, the girl of darkness, to find out what is going on.
But this might be more than simple personality “integration” as her doctor gleefully diagnoses. It might be something altogether more sinister.
As Kaitlyn investigates, something else is drawing closer.”
This sounds just the story I like and I can’t wait. Psychological thriller, mystery and as Dawn hints at – the supernatural. What more could you want!
You can also listen to a podcast of Dawn talking about her new book right here. This is thanks to Publisher Weekly Podcasts.