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3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The last thing Jesse Coaglan ever wanted to do was return to his hometown of Thrall, New Jersey. Tucked away in the wilds of the northwestern corner of the state, Thrall has always been a very strange place to live. The town was a poison that affected people's minds, their souls, their bodies, and their perspectives. So Jesse abandoned his friends and the one woman he love ...more
Hardcover, signed limited to 135 numbered copies, 282 pages
Published April 2011 by Thunderstorm Books
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Ken McKinley
Thrall is a very hard one for me to review. I'd never read any of Mary SanGiovanni's stuff before, but the premise seemed interesting, she's the girlfriend of Brian Keene, who's writing I love, and a few of my friends seemed to like this one. So, I downloaded it with modest hopes for an entertaining read. To say that Thrall didn't work for me would be the understatement of the year.

Jesse gets a call from an old girlfriend who he hasn't seen in seven years and begs him to return to their old home
Ms. Nikki
Jesse left the town of Thrall and his girlfriend, Mia, years ago. Strange things happen in Thrall and he got out while he could. He comes home one day to a message on his answering machine from Mia, begging him to come back to Thrall and save her and the daughter he never knew he had. Jesse has never quite opened himself up to anyone, but a girl named Nadia. She is the closest he's come to a real relationship and asks her to go to Thrall with him with only a little bit of an explanation. Nadia h ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok
October is here and it is time for as much horror fiction as I can pack into 31 days!

I kicked off my horror-fest with Mary Sangiovanni, about whom I have read some good things on the interwebs. This book caught my eye because it promised monsters. I love monsters, and I love a good monster story. Unfortunately, this was an ok monster story for me. The monsters were great; the characters--and there histories, and their inner thoughts, and their conflicts, and, most especially, their decisions in
May 15, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrall by Mary SanGiovanni is a very good and original monster romp with plenty of interesting characters and back-story. There are things in the Raw that want to rip and tear…to mutilate and devour. The town itself is alive and being protected by monsters. Each of them holds a different key to keeping the town from dying. They must be destroyed one by one in order for a small group of survivors to escape its boundaries…or else be trapped in Thrall…forever.
Greg Gbur
Mar 20, 2016 Greg Gbur rated it really liked it
My first encounter with the work of Mary SanGiovanni was her dark and elegant chapbook No Songs for the Stars, and it left me intrigued and interested in reading more. Fortunately, I had a short vacation to Mexico a few weeks ago and it was a perfect opportunity to sit on the beach and do nothing but read. During the trip, I was able to read quite a few books, in fact, and among them were two of SanGiovanni’s more recent novels, Thrall (2013) and Chaos (2014).

Both books are best categorized as s
Hunter Shea
Apr 07, 2012 Hunter Shea rated it really liked it
I love monster books, and Thrall gave me enough monsters and action to keep my appetite satisfied for a long, long time. I can't remember the last book that did that for me.
Kevin Lucia
Apr 09, 2011 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous. Very original. Not the same old thing. Well-written, atmospheric - get it while copies last!
Frank Errington
Sep 07, 2012 Frank Errington rated it really liked it
I'm having a very difficult time writing this review. Overall, I liked the story. I found it original and compelling, but I also found it to be a bit wordy at times, and it seemed the characters kept finding themselves in the same situation in slightly different locations. With that being said...

Thrall, is a small town in New Jersey. A town that Jesse Coaglan was lucky to get away from. In the author's words, "With time and distance, he thought he'd gained a good handle on what was real and what
Oct 22, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I've read from Sangiovanni. I picked it up honestly because she is dating Brian Keene, who is a respected horror novelist that I have conversed with several times. Not really a ringing endorsement, but having not read a horror novel in some times I decided to give it a try and was really surprised.

The story is really perfect for this type of book, if a little derivative. Jesse Coaglin gets a call from an ex girlfriend who is from the same mysterious small town as Jess
Shawn Manning
Aug 24, 2015 Shawn Manning rated it really liked it
One of the best horror novels I've read in a long time. There are echoes of Ghost Story and Salem's Lot. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Sangiovanni
Oct 28, 2015 Visago rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mist meets Silent Hill with a little bit of cenobite. Good book.
Jul 01, 2015 Karl marked it as to-read
Shelves: thunderstorm-own
This is copy ZM of 136 signed numbered copies.
Christopher Roman
Aug 17, 2012 Christopher Roman rated it really liked it
Thought it was a good book.

Good read if you want something a bit different from the stereotypical horror out there. Worth the read
Heidi Miller
Dec 28, 2011 Heidi Miller rated it it was amazing
Glowing review to come!
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Mary SanGiovanni is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), THRALL, CHAOS, and the forthcoming CHILLS (aka THE BLUE PEOPLE), and the novellas FOR EMMY, POSSESSING AMY, and NO SONGS FOR THE STARS, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT and A DARKLING PLAIN. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last deca ...more
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