The Night Strangers: A Novel
In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives... show more
In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? Thirty-nine. What follow is a riveting ghost story with all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from bestselling, award-winning novelist Chris Bohjalian: a palpable sense of place, meticulous research, an unerring sense of the demons that drive us, and characters we care about deeply. The difference this time? Some of those characters are dead.
Publish date: 2011-10-04
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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This is the first and last time I'll read Chris Bohjalian. I'm guessing this is supposed to fall under mystery/horror, but it was neither mysterious nor frightening. Bohjalain carries the story fairly well to about the halfway point, and then it just falls apart. Why isn't the mother more concerned ...
Funnily enough, two books came in from the library (from my reserve list) at the same time: this one and Stephen King's Roadwork. So, I've got back to back horror books to read.I liked the writing style and that Bohjalian used second person narration for the Chip chapters and third person for every...
Not very successful. There is a lot of stuff in this book, rich material to mine: ghosts, witches, small towns, twins, PTSD after a plane crash, a creepy Victorian house. Lots of stuff. Too much stuff to do any of it justice. Here's the thing: sometimes literary writers want to tackle genre, which i...
Probably one of the better ghost stories I've read in a while. Its a nice, creepy, modern day story about witches who prefer to be known as "herbalists," and an airline pilot haunted by the dead. Even though the story line is an old one," drinking blood to stay young or to stop aging" I still very m...
I would give this 3 1/2 stars. I thought it was a great mystery/ghost story, but some of the scenes in which Chop describes flying, etc. were drawn out or repeated too often. This book did grab my attention most of the time.