While I enjoyed the center portion of the book because of the suspense of waiting for something to happen, the overall book was disappointing. I am sure this is partially to do with the era in which it is written – similarly horror movies from the early years were scary then but are redundant now – and partially because the movie “The Haunting” gave me somewhat of an expectation for physical horror and suspense.
The overall reading experience was good. However, the beginning was a little drawn out for such a short book. I found myself in more enjoyment by page 40-ish. Many of the portions of the movie were completely different from this book. Changes include
The end of the book was slightly anti-climactic. I really wanted more to happen. If nothing more, somehow I was expecting a story twist that explained more about why Nell was being called to by the house… like she belongs, or was already a spirit, or whatever. The actual ending was not horrible but in contrast, was less interesting. With what they did, I would have expected at least to see Nell
For the movie references in this review – this is the movie-version of the story that I saw: