The house appeared just as cozy and welcoming as the first time I saw it. Now, though, I knew what I was seeing was just the architecture, the outer shell; it didn’t mean anything about the type of house it was inside.
Leena is looking forward to her senior year at boarding school, where she and her friends will get to share the cozy Victorian home that will be her dorm for the year. Unfortunately, once she arrives at school she finds out that there’s an unexpected and unwanted addition to their roommates: Celeste Lazar.
As the school year starts and just when she should be settling into a new routine, unexplained things begin happening at Frost House: things fall off of walls, doors locking themselves, furniture being upended. Celeste is furious, thinking her roommates are trying to run her off, and Leena tries to keep the peace while still wondering if the other girls are behind it, or if it’s something more sinister.
The more that happens, the more desperate Leena gets to feel safe. But how can she feel safe when she doesn’t know if it’s the house, her roommates…or herself?
This is where the important distinction between The Shining movie and The Shining book come into play. I’ve never read the book but my husband says that it’s clear in the book that it was never a doubt that the house was the evil one. In the movie, it’s a lot more ambiguous about exactly where the “evil” lies, in Jack’s head or in the house itself. Frost is a lot like that. You spend the entire book going back and forth between wondering if it’s the house or the roommates or Leena. I think these two are a great combination for this month’s picks. They have a lot of the same similarities, the ending is pretty satisfactory, and you are able to walk away loving it, hating it, or just saying “meh.”
I definitely fall into the “meh” category for both film and book in this case. I don’t regret having watched the movie or read the book, but neither changed my life for the better or worse. And I don’t intend to read or watch either of them again.
Next week’s combo feature will be Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman(I told you, I’m a pretty hardcore Gaiman fan) and Oculus. Thanks to my sister Rachel for helping me pair this one up!
I hope you guys are enjoying your October! I’m currently about to start “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda which I’ve wanted to read for well over a year now. Any spooky reads on your radar?