This book starts out with a group of strangers intending to meet at a haunted house for research purposes. What began as a group of strangers turns into a group of new friends, but that is only a ruse because Eleanor’s companions clearly see the house is consuming her.
This book was written in a different era, but the story is not lacking. It is filled with complexity and loaded with subtext. Some of the description is underwhelming and dated, but from the very first chapter of the book we are able to see Eleanor’s fragile mental state. Putting her in Hill House takes her to the breaking point.