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The Night Strangers [Kindle Edition]

Chris Bohjalian
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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'Bohjalian flings himself into a full-blooded romance with the paranormal. In doing so, he earns a place alongside Stephen King ... expertly and, at times, beautifully written, deliciously creepy' --Boston Globe

'Riveting. . .seamless. . .a hell of a good ghost story.' --Justin Cronin, author of The Passage

'A gripping paranormal thriller. . .Meticulous research and keen attention to detail give depth and character to [the] eerie world. . .Bohjalian is a master, and the slow-mounting dread makes this a frightful ride.' --Publishers Weekly

'A page-turner of uncommon depth. Guilt, egotism, and fear all play parts in this genre-bending novel.' --Booklist

'Compelling. . .a practical magick horror story'
--Kirkus Review

'Chris Bohjalian's powerful novel grips like a vice from first to last.' --Sally Cousins, The Sunday Telegraph, November 20, 2011

'From its opening page, Bohjalian's story grabs you like a disembodied hand coming out of a black night and doesn't stop shaking.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like if Stephen King reshaped the folksy stories of Jane Hamilton, this is your book' --The Daily Mail

Review

"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 and Margaret Atwood will find similar appeal here." (Library Journal)

"Compelling. . .a practical 'magick' horror story." (Kirkus Reviews)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064O2QEY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky family drama 8 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
A family moves to a small village in New Hampshire after the father, Chip Linton, an airline pilot, crashed his plane causing 39 people to die (and 9 to survive). As he will never be able to fly again, they want to make a new start and buy a big, old house, which he starts doing up.

His wife Emily is now the main provider for the family, who also include ten-year old twin daughters Hallie and Garnet. Chip gets obsessed with a small door in the basement that has been bolted down by 39 (!) bolts.

Meanwhile Emily and the girls are making friends with a group of women in the village that call themselves herbalists and all own greenhouses in which they grow exotic plants.
Both Emily and Hallie find them a little too overpowering and don't quite trust them.
Chip is losing his grip on reality when he starts seeing some of the people that died in the crash who are now demanding dangerous actions from him.

Is Emily right to worry about the lovely old ladies with their biscuits and other bakes? Is Chip losing it completely, or are there really ghosts in the house?

I very much enjoyed this book! That basement door gave me the creeps, and that was right at the beginning of the book. Add a small community with strange women forcing biscuits and other foods on the family and teaching the twins how to use the herbs they grow... All very oppressing and intriguing at the same time.

I liked it that the book was not overly supernatural. Most or all that happened could be explained away without referring to ghosts, magic, or witchcraft. Only near the end, the reader finds out whether "normal" explanations can account for all that happens. In that respect, it different a lot from the book's cover-sake, Her Fearful Symmetry, in

The ending was ... interesting and not quite as I had expected. After thinking about this, the ending was in fact more intriguing than the ending I had been hoping for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Look At A Greenhouse The Same Way 17 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Haunted by the memory of crashing his passenger plane into a lake and the resulting death-count including families and children, Chip quits his job and relocates from the city to rural New Hampshire with his wife and twin girls.

Bethel is a small town with some strange inhabitants. The new neighbours are over-friendly and full of gifts - mostly baked ones - and everyone seems to have a greenhouse. It very soon becomes apparent that Bethel is a town divided - there are those townsfolk with flowery names who have greenhouses and are obsessed with botany, and those who have normal names and no greenhouse.

Meanwhile, Chip becomes psychologically and physically haunted by the (depressingly well-described) horrors of his recent trauma and descends into an hallucinatory madness, which sees him alienating himself from, and becoming dangerous to, his own family (a la Jack Torrance in Stephen King's The Shining). The greenhouse ladies run around the rest of the family helping them out and generally making themselves indispensable.

But there's another story parallel to Chip's Jack Torrance syndrome, which involves the greenhouse people themselves and what had transpired in the past within Chip's house before he and his family moved in; and with his wife and children heading towards a ceremony where they'll be soon taking on new names, it becomes clear that it's not just Chip that will be needing help.

The Night Strangers is a genuine page-turner, well paced and competently written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Night Strangers 17 July 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
“… few of the agents who brought flatlanders from Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania to see the house ascribed its years on the market to the door in the basement or the thirty-nine carriage bolts that sealed it shut.”

Chip Linton is the pilot of a plane that crashes after a bird-strike, killing thirty nine passengers. Seeking to build a new life and recover from the trauma, he and his wife and twin daughters move to a house in the small town of Bethel, New Hampshire. There, Chip is intrigued, and slightly worried to find a small door in the dirt-floored basement that has been sealed up with thirty-nine carriage bolts. (I half-expected thirty nine steps to turn up next (as per John Buchan) but they didn’t.) What the family finds in the community they now live in is beyond all their imaginings.

I enjoyed this story, though I had the nagging feeling that it could have been better. The pace was slow, and I think it could have benefited from tighter editing. Nevertheless, the story had the bones of a good horror/psychological thriller. While it all seemed rather unlikely, it was a harmless and enjoyable read overall, and I enjoyed the journey of the book, apart from the small niggles above. I will definitely look for more of the author’s works, as I think his writing holds great promise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dreadful 13 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Only read just over 100 pages & just could not bear it a moment longer. Don't think I've ever read a more stilted or stultifying book as this. It creeps along in such a monotonous way - the "plot" takes ages to move along, the characters - characters?? - there's more life in a cereal packet. Needless to say I will not be buying/reading anything else from this 'author' again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing end after a promising start!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Whilst I can understand the more ambivalent reviews of this, I thought it was a real page turner. I bought it on Kindle, and hadn't read the blurb beyond it saying there was a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Frootle
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost interest
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Published 20 months ago by ChristineC
3.0 out of 5 stars A big letdown of an ending!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
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