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Alexandra Sokoloff
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4 Feb 2010

Boston District Attorney Will Sullivan dreams of becoming the next governor of Massachusetts. With his beautiful wife, Joanna, and adorable daughter, Sydney, Will seems destined for greatness - until Sydney becomes seriously ill. Now both parents resolve to do anything to save their daughter's life.

But in the twilight world of the Briarwood Medical Center, nothing is as it seems. Patients on the brink of death are not only surviving but thriving, while others wither away - and the recoveries all revolve around the ministerings of a mysterious counselor, who takes an unsettling interest in Joanna. When Sydney's health miraculously improves, Will suspects that Joanna made a terrible bargain to save their child. Now Will must face a powerful, unknown evil before he loses - everything.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941635
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre' --New York Times

'Sokoloff's straightforward writing style perfectly enhances her chilling and mysterious novel, in which she blurs the lines between what is real and what is merely a hallucination'--Romantic Times

'Sokoloff is simply amazing'

'A sublime second novel . . . Rest assured that Sokoloff will suffer none of the signs or symptoms of a sophomore slump with this confident follow-up to her Stoker-nominated debut. . . . Her gooseflesh-inducing imagery jumps right off the pages, and her rich, graceful prose calls to mind names like King, Saul, and Levin' --Dark Scribe Magazine

'Beyond stunning, it is harrowing in the real sense of true art'--Ken Bruen, bestselling author of The Priest

'A psychological roller coaster that keeps the reader on edge with bone-chilling thrills throughout. I couldn't put it down'--Heather Graham, bestselling author of The Seance

'A medical thriller of the highest order... a stunning, riveting journey into terror and suspense' --Michael Palmer, bestselling author of The Fifth Vial

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A completely gripping and sinister novel from a new and exciting voice in the world of horror

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Um? 13 Nov 2011
By Ichabod
I really loved the book, the descriptions, the menace and mystery of the hospital, I found it pure, tantalising escapism and look forward to reading others by her. The "um" of the title and the 4 star is because I really puzzled over the ending?? Am not sure What to make of it. If anyone cares to tell me in comments please do
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of padding 21 Feb 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Having read the first offering from Alexandra I thought that her second outing would be worth my time and picked it up sooner rather later. Conceptually it's pretty solid and based on an ancient premise. "How far would you go for someone you loved."

Secretly, I was hoping that it was going to be a great book, however it was long, drawn out, pretty boring and filled out with quite a lot of unnecessary padding. Add to this at least one glaring error and a predictable plot alongside an arc that started getting into the ridiculous becoming a Hodge Podge mess with the only saving grace being the authors twist at the very end of the novel that's left to the readers imagination.

In a time of hardship when authors are judged not only on their first novel but also, perhaps more importantly upon their second, I really do wonder if Alexandra has it in her to create additional tales. It's a great shame to be honest and this has left a pretty sour taste in my mouth leaving me to wonder if I should even pick up the next tale by her as it felt like she'd taken a step backwards in her writing skills from her original offering.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 19 Aug 2010
This book is an easy read, got through it in a few hours. Its not as good as some of her other books but non the less a reasonable twist at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Disturbing 13 May 2008
By Linda Burkins - Published on
Will is a charismatic Massachusetts politician bound for the Governor's Mansion. His beautiful wife Joanna endured horrible abuse as a child but seems to have put it all behind her, reveling in her role as passionate wife and devoted mother. The family leads the perfect, charmed life - until their beloved daughter Sydney is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Not surprisingly, Will and Joanna vow to do absolutely anything to save their child. When a mysterious hospital counselor offers them a way to do exactly that, they're both faced with a soul-shattering choice.

Alexandra Sokoloff interweaves scenes of everyday life with eerie, disquieting images, creating a mounting sense of dread. This is a classic spooky story - loaded not with gore and bloodshed, but instead with surreal nightmarish encounters and a plot that plays on every parent's worst fear. Sokoloff's ability to suffuse the ordinary with an aura of understated horror reminds me of Shirley Jackson.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE PRICE - okay, maybe enjoyed is the wrong word. I was thoroughly disturbed by this creepy tale of terror and look forward to reading more by Ms. Sokoloff in the future.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a creepy, fast-paced read 5 Mar 2008
By weathered1 - Published on
I'm always on the lookout for novels that are truly scary without having to resort to unnecessary gore. I happened upon Alexandra Sokoloff's first novel The Harrowing, and it was exactly the kind of read that I was looking for, and I instantly became a fan of hers. I picked up The Price the day it was released, and once again, Ms. Sokoloff has shown readers how truly adept she is at creating atmospheric thrillers. The pace was fast and well-plotted, and the character development of Will Sullivan was very well done - readers are made privy to his thoughts and fears, making him a protagonist that is easy to care about. The story itself was disturbing and never predictable, and when the novel ended, it did so in a manner fully in-keeping with the overall menacing mood of the piece.

The Harrowing was an impressive debut, and The Price illustrates quite well that Ms. Sokoloff is an exceedingly talented author who is a welcome addition to the worlds of horror, suspense, and psychological thrillers.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Creepy, Chilling, Entrancing 21 Feb 2008
By Sucre - Published on
I loved Sokoloff's first novel for its crisp, foreboding style and smart, realistic characters. Her writing is so much more focused and fresh in comparison to most other horror writers. She's outdone herself with her new book, which is even better and richer. If you've always thought of hospitals as creepy places with their own dark soul, you won't want to miss this. It's a fast, fun, frightening read and highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Price Too High 22 July 2008
By James Goodman - Published on
This was a great book. Intense, heart-wrenching, fast-paced and thought provoking, it had all the elements to make a truly remarkable thriller. Ms. Sokoloff managed to write a truly frightening tale without the use of gore. I recommend The Price to anyone who enjoys reading. No, I didn't forget to add a genre (or any other word for that matter) on the end of that sentence. There's something for everyone within these pages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars supernatural suspense 10 April 2012
By Scott Nicholson - Published on
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Alexandra Sokoloff writes with a cinematic visual flair but also delves deep into the psychological and emotional tunnels of the soul. The Price is a chilling exploration of how far we will go to protect those we love, or perhaps to protect what we think we should care about most. Highly recommended.
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