Annelle, October 10, 2011 (view all comments by Annelle)
wow. just finished this last night. this is quite the departure from his last book, the secrets of eden. creepy neighbors, a little bit of witchcraft, home burial, and the white mountians are all ingredients to this great and interesting story. a great and must read for any chris bohjalian fan!
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestseller Bohjalian's latest novel (after Secrets of Eden) is a gripping paranormal thriller set in a remote New England town. Airline pilot Chip Linton is beset by survivor's guilt after crashing his plane upon takeoff, killing all but nine aboard. His family moves to Bethel, N.H., to escape the media glare while Chip recovers from PTSD, but they soon discover that the sleepy village harbors evil things. Their new home, once the site of a young boy's suicide, contains mysterious passageways, hidden weapons, and a secret crypt. And their neighbors, New Age gardeners and homeopaths, soon reveal themselves to be occultists with designs on the Lintons' twins. Chip begins receiving visits from his dead passengers, including an eight-year-old and her bloodthirsty father, who demands Chip find her a friend — at any cost. Meticulous research and keen attention to detail give depth and character to Bohjalian's eerie world, but the spookiness consistently gives way to silliness, and the Lintons' typical response to the strange goings on, an uneasy mix of suspicion and credulity, is a problem. Still, Bohjalian is a master,, and the slow-mounting dread makes this a frightful ride." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Family Circle,
"Shades of The Shining make for a haunting tale...A modern-day ghost story worth losing sleep over."
by Good Housekeeping,
"After losing passengers in a forced landing, a pilot seeks respite by moving his family to New England. But the house is haunted and local witches won't leave them alone. Good 'n' spooky."
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"A page-turner of uncommon depth. Guilt, egotism, and fear all play parts in the genre-bending novel."
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"Bohjalian has crafted a genre-defying novel, both a compelling story of a family in trauma and a psychological thriller that is truly frightening. Fans of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride will find similar appeal here."
"Compelling...a practical magick horror story."
by Publishers Weekly,
"A gripping paranormal thriller...Bohjalian is a master, and the slow-mounting dread makes this a frightful ride."
by Yankee Magazine,
"Put a haunted man in a haunted house...and you have a Halloween hair-raiser. But it's more than that. Bohjalian, with a dozen well-received novels to his credit, understands trauma: how long it takes to recover from unimaginable pain, and how people who have never experienced it rarely understand."
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