The Amityville Horror is basically the after-action report of a haunting in a big old house in Amityville, New York, a house where several murders took place several years before. The new family is informed of the history of the home, but not being particularly superstitious, doesn't really mind. It's a big old house, pretty, suits their needs perfectly. Except it really is haunted, and it causes all sorts of problems.
This book ought to have been right up my alley. It's been on my to-read list for ages as a classic horror novel that's so well thought of that it's been adapted into several movies and has been the inspiration for hundreds more, and I finally decided to pick it up when I was in a slump, really looking for something to start my reading engine again.
However, I ended up skimming this book. For whatever reason, it just didn't hook me at all, and it reminded me far too strongly of The Conjuring. It honestly wasn't very scary, and certainly wasn't very compelling. And that really makes me sad, because that sort of no-nonsense reporting style tends to really speak to me.