- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Little, Brown Book Group (17. September 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0749941588
- ISBN-13: 978-0749941581
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,9 x 19,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 873.339 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Harrowing (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. September 2009
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""Poltergeist" meets "The Breakfast Club.""--"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] pyrotechnic climax...a cinematic finale."--"Publishers Weekly""A real page-turner, a first novel of unusual promise."--Ira Levin, author of "Rosemary's Baby""" "Fast, original, and genuinely creepy."--F. Paul Wilson, author of "Midnight Mass""" "Pulsates with a fear factor that starts early and doesn't stop until the last page." --"Florida"" Sun-Sentinel" "Absolutely gripping...It is easy to imagine this as a film...Once started, you won't want to stop reading." --"The Times" (UK)"" "An eerie ghost story that captivates readers from page one. The author creates an element of suspense that builds until the chillingly believable conclusion. Four stars." --"Romantic Times Book Reviews" "Alexandra Sokoloff conjures up a demon older than time and humanity and yet rooted in modern psychology. She brings all her skills as a screenwriter to a tale of supernatural terror as swift as a film."--Ramsey Campbell, author of "The Overnight" "Good, engrossing fun." --"Booklist" "Sokoloff's debut novel is a furiously paced, deftly plotted joy, bursting at the seams with disquieting imagery and carrying a disturbingly dark undercurrent. It gave me a nightmare...and that's rare."--Tim Lebbon, author of "Dusk" ""The Harrowing" is more than an impressive debut novel; it is an impressive work, period...Highly recommended." --BookReporter.com "A top-notch gripping ghost story from the first page." --"New Mystery Reader" "Sokoloff's screenplay training pays off with this economical and very scary tale of five alienated teens who get caught up in forces far, far beyond their control, but she scores extra points for the biblical twist that really ratchets up the tension." --Sarah Weinman "You won't be able to put this gripping page-turner down." --"Bookloons" "A wild and frightening journey that explores an evil that most of us might not know about." --"Fu -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Baird College's Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of students heading home for Thanksgiving break and Robin Stone, who won't be going home, swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. As a massive storm approaches, four other lonely students reveal themselves to Robin: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons. The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of another presence disturbing the building's ominous silence. Are they the victims of an elaborate prank, or is the energy evidence of something genuine - something intent on using them for its own terrifying ends?Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I described this to a friend as The Breakfast Club meets The Haunting of Hill House, and it's something like that: a group of teens, some angst-ridden, and a haunted dorm. True, the teens were pretty much types: the depressed girl, the jock, the slut, the musician, the nerd. But they were still well developed enough as characters that I became interested in them and concerned for them.
The plot is pretty basic, though the writer does a good job of bringing in a lot of interesting horror story elements: ghosts (or not?), Ouija boards, possession, etc, and the book is wonderfully atmospheric. Often, in a book like this which is not a new tale, what I'm interested in is the way the writer plays with tradition--adding her own touches to something done before. I liked the way she played with weather (dark and stormy nights, but she made her descriptions much more original) and with the elements of haunting and possession. And the book is well paced. Honestly, I wasn't going to buy it after reading some of the reviews, but I read the sample chapter and found I wanted to know what happened to the characters, so I got it, and I meant to take this book to read on a trip, but found I'd compulsively consumed it all before I ever left! So the writer gets good marks for pacing and plotting that makes you want to continue reading, even if it's not new ground.
There was a lot of willing suspension of disbelief for me in this novel, though. There were so many things that just didn't ring true (an odd thing to say about a horror novel, I know, when being "realistic" is not the point). There appeared to be no adults supervising the dorms at the college, and no employees there at all. I kept thinking how so many of things were a lawsuit waiting to happen : fireplaces, leaving students entirely unattended over a break, and of course, the fact that the police let suspects go without a real questioning. Power was out sometimes, though apparently there was still a "blue glow" from the laundry room--how would that be if the power was out? I decided just to let go of all those things, and go with the story, and that made it enjoyable.
At least it was well written enough on a sentence level that I would be willing to read more of this writer's work, and it was very readable. So not a great book, but not bad if you can pick it up cheap or at your library, and if you enjoy classic horror that is more about atmosphere and tension that is about gore and shock value. I like those kind of books, myself, so I found it worth reading.