The Night Strangers: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Chris Bohjalian
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From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. 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 after double engine failure. Unlike the Miracle on the Hudson, however, most of the passengers aboard Flight 1611 die on impact or drown. The body count? Thirty-nine – a coincidence not lost on Chip when he discovers the number of bolts in that basement door. Meanwhile, Emily finds herself wondering about the women in this sparsely populated White Mountain village – self-proclaimed herbalists – and their interest in her fifth-grade daughters. Are the women mad? Or is it her husband, in the wake of the tragedy, whose grip on sanity has become desperately tenuous? The result is a poignant and powerful ghost story with all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian: a palpable sense of place, 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. From the Hardcover edition.
Best book ever !!!!!
This book was so amazing and great I loved it so much . I think this is one of my favorites so far.
The Night Strangers
Really enjoyed this book. Sweeps you right in and ending was fantastic. Read and escape. Enjoy.
A pretty good story, great narration
“The Night Strangers” is cast in the old stock horror story mold of ‘unsuspecting outsiders move into creepy old house in weird little town’. This isn’t a bad thing, Bohialien brings his own twist to the formula and I have to admit that I found the first few chapters almost unspeakably creepy. He introduces 2 lines of horror story thrust which he folds so expertly into his protagonists PTSD issues that he can almost be forgiven for slipping into a little cliche towards the end of the book.
Now if I were rating just the story of “The Night Strangers”, I’d probably give it 3 stars because I found it too predictable and reminiscent of too many other stories I’ve heard. But I don’t want to put other readers off, I think I’m just maybe a little jaded. What’s making me upgrade to 4 stars is the superb narration of this audiobook. Both narrators really breathed vigor into this story. Especially Mark Bramhall, whose worried restlessness was just drop-dead perfect for his reading of the embattled pilots part.
“The Night Strangers” is a pretty good story, expertly read. There’s an interview with the author at the end, which is interesting. It’s worth the listen.