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The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
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Sep 21, 2008

did not like it
Read in September, 2008 , read count: 1

I had high expectations about this book because it had been compared in reviews to Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca -- books I loved. What a disappointment! This book is definitely not even in the same league as the aforementioned books. The group of friends, the indulgent lifestyle, the haunted house -- the elements were all there, but the novel fell flat. The beginning of the book had a lot of potential, but I found the ending to be especially vague and rushed, as if the author was tired of writing and decided to quickly finish the manuscript. I think the shoddy plotting could have been forgiven if the characters had been written well. I enjoyed some of them, but I could not figure out most of their motivations. The main character was especially unlikeable; I could not empathize or connect with her at all.
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