The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan

Gothic horror holds a special place in my heart. The atmosphere where something just isn’t right and there are those wisps of “something” that is seen out of the corner of your eye. My favorite gothic horror is The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. It is creepy and the tension that she creates through out the story is palpable and I loved it. With my love of gothic horror in mind I dived into the pages of The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan.

Summary: This story follows the tale of a retired art dealer and the mysterious disappearance of one of the artists that he works with after she moves to a isolated cottage in Ireland.



What I liked: I really enjoyed the last half of this book. The tension that O’Callaghan builds I truly enjoyed. The ending was very well thought out and allows the reader to feel that they are safe until the very end.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t enjoy the first 1/2 of the novel. I understand that O’Callaghan was trying to build an atmosphere for the reader but I found the amount of description to be unnecessary to the last half of the story and I feel caused issues with the pacing of the story.

Star Rating: 3

My thoughts: Even though I didn’t enjoy the first half of the novel I did enjoy the premise of the story.

I want to thank NetGalley for sending me this book for my honest review.

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