Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.




Kaitlyn and Carly Johnson:

Choosing an actress to pay both Kaitlyn and Carly at the same time was a tough challenge. I needed an actress who was capable of portraying both girls. I don’t think I could go wrong with the four brilliant actresses I’ve listed below!

  1. Emma Watson 

I think that Emma Watson has shown that has what it takes to play really meaty roles. I’ve seen her as the most innocent, fragile girl, and as a tough, hard-as-nails girl with issues. I think she would bring a striking contrast to the role.

  1. Elle Fanning

These pictures of Elle say it all. She would be perfect for Kaitlyn/Carly because she is just incredibly talented at being innocent, open and shy and well as angsty, issue-driven and fragile. I have no doubt that if she were to play the role, she would dominate it.


  1. Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood is an incredibly talented actress! I think that she would play Kaitlyn superbly well, but I also think she can play Carly’s shyness, her innocence and her confusion very well too. It’s all in her eyes.

  1. Soairse Ronan

After seeing Hanna, I know that Soairse is capable of playing any role. She’s amazing. I think she would bring a delicateness to Carly as well as playing her secrets and withdrawal. She would be a fierce Kaitlyn, as well as a lost and broken Kaitlyn. I believe she would be perfect!

Naida Chounan-Dupré:


  1. Juno Temple 

A bit of hair dye and a faded Scottish accent and Juno would be a perfect Naida. She would play the best friend, confidante, knowledgeable Mala enthusiast and brave savior extremely well. She definitely has Naida’s quirkiness and confidence!

  1. Emmy Rossum

I haven’t seen Emmy play a quirky role, but I think she would play the mystical side of Naida very well.



  1.  Kit Harrington

Poor John Snow! He’s had quite a rap. I think he’d make a perfect Ari, because there’s something hidden away in his gaze, and that’s just what Ari requires. He also looks cheeky, confident, and could pull of a bowler hat.


  1. Andrew Garfield

Andrew would also make a wonderful Ari. I think he can play mysterious, funny, vulnerable, passionate and something darker hidden away. I do think he would be perfect for the role of Ari (plus, look at him in that Bowler!)

Scott Fromley:

       Alfred Enoch!

Could there be a more perfect actor to play Naida’s loyal, joker-boy, heart-of-gold boyfriend? I think not! Enoch would be the perfect Scott!





IMG_9264Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US) in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

When she was sixteen, she thought she’d be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge’s prestigious Cavendish Laboratories.

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League.

Her life reads like a YA novel.

Twitter @dawnkurtagich


  • To find out more about Dawn, read my interview with her by clicking on the link HERE
  • For my review of The Dead House just follow this link here (short version – LOVED it)


You can visit my Mirror Tour Companion Blogger here: 😀 #TheDeadHouse




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