Welcome to the Dark House

By Laurie Faria Stolarz

Source: Library

Series: Dark House #1

Publication Date: July 22, 2014

Published by Disney-Hyperion

My Rating: three-stars

Welcome to the Dark House

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

I wanted to read something creepy and spooky, now that it’s October and we’re into the fall / Halloween season. This book sounded like just the thing!

This was an interesting read, with a premise that I really enjoyed. Despite the number of narrators, I was able to keep track of them all and only had to flip back to the start of a chapter once or twice for a refresher on who was narrating.

I definitely enjoyed the way the creepiness and tension increased, but the end of the book left me with so many unanswered questions (skip to the next paragraph to avoid possible spoilers): 1. Did the characters really die? 2. What actually happened to Taylor – why did she leave before the others arrived? 3. Who is truly responsible for what’s going on and how many people are responsible – it has to be more than one person behind it all.

I knew this book was not a standalone, but I still wasn’t expecting so much to be left unresolved. Your enjoyment of the book may depend on how much that does or does not bother you.

Overall, this was a fun and creepy book, and a great pick for a Halloween read. I’m totally looking forward to book two!

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