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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.

Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a pop...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by H, C & B Publishing
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Giselle
"It's been exactly ten weeks and eighteen days since I killed three of my closest friends."

This is how it starts. I love it when a book can get you intrigued by its very first sentence. The owner of these colorful thoughts is our damaged, but wonderful protagonist, Heath- a troubled soul who is trying to live with himself after a car accident killed his friends. He's been sent to spend the summer with his uncle where he'll be working at the newly rebuilt Opera House. What he doesn't know, is the...more
carole
The Weeping is a mysterious drama set in the Northwestern United States, filled with rainy days that make this suspenseful thriller even more nail biting. It's a haunting tale of murder and paranormal elements that bring an amazing book set in an old theatre to life.

Following a devastating car accident that has left 17 year old Heath feeling depressed and suicidal; his parents move him to Rock Harbor, Oregon to live with his uncle for the summer and work at the Opera House doing odds and ends jo...more
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. It was well written by the author. The details that he describes makes it feel as if you are in the story too. O'Dell writes a book that pulls you in and had me finishing it in one sitting.

What I loved about this book is that it surprised me. Who I thought was the villain was wrong. In the end it took me through twist and turns and when the real villain was revealed I had an OMG moment. O'Dell did a great job setting up the story where you believed one...more
Michelle
This book needs to be made into a movie!! Seriously, the whole time I was reading I kept picturing how it would play out in the movies. I love a good suspense/thriller, and this book has it all. Great twists and turns and it is seriously creepy. I was reading it late at night and then my sister walked into my dark bedroom and I about jumped out of my skin. She got a good laugh out of that! If I had known how scary this was going to be I would not have read it at night. Haha! (a little disclaimer...more
Emily (Falling for YA)
The Weeping is centered around Heath a recent High School graduate who has just suffered a terrible tragedy. The car he was driving after Prom lost control and all of his best friends were killed but he was spared. Following the accident Heath became withdrawn and introverted his parents feeling like there was nothing else to do send him to the Oregon coast to live with his Uncle over the summer. The Uncle happens to own a theater Haunted by the ghost of a girl killed in devastating fire. Hutchi...more
Dani
4.5/5 stars :)

Set in a small, Oregonian seaside town, The Weeping is a story of the sins of generations past and vengeance from beyond the grave. Twenty years ago, a devastating fire ravaged the Rock Harbor Opera House, claiming the life an unfortunate teenage girl. Since that time, the theatre has been plagued by rumors of a restless spirit, bad luck and a slew of unsuccessful attempts to revive the small town’s once-glorious cultural center. Heath’s uncle Vic purchases the unlucky and rundown...more
Jenelle
View original review in my blog: The Midnight Book Thief

So I received an eARC of this book as part of blog tour- and I am so grateful for the chance to have read this book early. The Weeping, to put it bluntly, was one hell of a book!

The Bad
The ending. I didn't want the book to end, okay? I was hooked on the story, and I couldn't stop reading. But the ending- the last line, specifically- left me hanging. I needed more! To be honest, I thought that Heath had died at first! The ending should have...more
H.Lee
I am so happy to be introducing all of you to this book, if you have not already heard of it. I was a beta reader for Mr. Hutchison before the book was actually published and I loved it back then!

First, let me rave over the cover. Isn’t it AMAZING??? I love the fire with the hands and even the characters. The Ouija board in the background is a wonderful touch and makes the book jump out at you even more.

This book is like watching a horror movie, instead of sitting in front of the tele, you are r...more
Cassandra (The Book & Movie Dimension blogger)
In a town named Rock Harbor, Oregon a harbored secret comes to haunt Heath Ingram a newcomer to town who's father , Phillip Ingram , along with his friends Melanie Plummer, Jason Fenley, and Noah Hull were responsible for the wrongdoing towards Catherine Whitley. Catherine was always a troubled girl and completely in love with Heath's father , Phillip, yet Phillip wasn't as devoted to her as she was. As high school ends, he breaks things off and one of his own friends , Noah, rapes her. Saddened...more
Zoey
Heath Ingram dreams of fire. He smells smoke everywhere. The Weeping grips you right from the beginning because the action starts right away, and it's not in a bad way. It's not like you're being thrown right in, but the beginning leaves you intrigued and feeling like you have to keep reading.

I have to admit that I loved the fact that The Weeping is in present tense. Most books are in past tense and O'Dell Hutchinson handles present tense very well.

Heath, the main character and narrator, is brok...more
Shellie Cruz
This, my friends, is one of the best ghost stories I have read! The Weeping starts out with a girl, known as Catherine, being trapped in a fire at the Opera house thinking that the one that she loved so much wouldn’t leave her behind and is left to die. Fast forward twenty years and we meet Heath who is overcoming his own tragedy of the deaths of his three closest friends. His parents are trying to get him away from his old life so they sent him to his uncle’s for the summer.

This is where Heath’...more
Shirley
HOLY CRAP. That was seriously intense! I never expected to like this book so much, but it kept me up till 3 am in the morning because I jut couldn't put it down!

The plot was fantastic and incredibly eerie. Heath moves to live with his uncle for the Summer, and begins helping him at the newly rebuilt Rock Harbour Opera House, which was destroyed by a fire twenty years ago, and claimed the life of a teenager. As soon as Heath begins working there, mysterious things begins happening to him; he star...more
Krystal
Jan 03, 2012 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
This novel reads like a well-written horror story. The reader will be instantly captivated by the very first chapter in the book, where a young girl cries out for her boyfriend only to suffer a terrible fate. Heath, the main character, is no stranger to loss. He believes himself to be the killer of three of his friends, their deaths due to an unfortunate accident. His parents figure that the best way to remove the problem would be to remove the boy from all objects, areas, and people that will c...more
Preet
I usually add a book description with my reviews, but I didn't want to do that for this particular book. I initially read the description when I signed up for the tour, but when I got around to reading it, I was a bit hazy on major details other than it was a mystery involving a theatre. I'm actually really glad I didn't read the description again because it made the book into a puzzle I had to figure out. As a reader, I was immediately hooked on this story from the first sentence. I liked that...more
Jenna
This novel grabbed me right from the start, made me want to learn more. Why is Catherine alone in the smoke? Why is her brain telling her she's stupid for thinking a boy named Phillip cares for her, that he won't come back? As part of the stage crashes to the floor, why does no one come to rescue her from the deadly flames?

Flash forward several years. Heath is in a car with his parents, traveling to Oregon to stay with his Uncle Vic for the summer. Heath needs to get away, get his mind off the m...more
Diayll
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher for Blog Tour
Reviewer: Heather

The Weeping is a mysterious ghost story with a twist that you’ll never see coming. At least I never saw it coming, and I’ll admit, it’s quite difficult to pull the wool over my eyes!

Heath is a young man of about 17 who has been in a horrific life changing car accident. He feels responsible for the deaths of his best friend, his best friend’s girlfriend, and his on agai...more
Vicki Trask
Alright I just finished the ARC this morning so I'm still calming down a bit. From the first page of the book, the reader is drawn in to the plot and the situation that the main character is in. For me, it died for a bit once he arrived in town - though nothing changed; the characters were engaging and the plot was haunting - and then less than half way through I felt like the hand of our haunting character grabbed me by the shirt and pulled me into the world. I was on the edge of my seat, I alm...more
Rachel
Mar 15, 2012 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Catherine Whitley felt unloved.

The boy she thought loved her the way she loved him acted as if he wanted to have nothing more to do with her.

Even her own mother didn’t seem to care for her happiness, her best interests or even her safety.

She felt betrayed.

By the boy she loved. By the friend she trusted. And by the mother who was supposed to love her no matter what.

All she asked for was their honesty. All she received in return were lies.

She felt abandoned.

When she needed them most, those who wer...more
Katy
Wow, this book was pretty scary... not only ghostly scary but also psychotically scary.

I will say I had my doubts about this book. My first thoughts were, "I wish the summary didn't tell us so much" because a book was just extra words for the setting, dialogue and actual action of the summary. I mean, it was still good but not great. And it was so predictable. I knew what was going to happen really early on...

But then, Heath and Josie confirmed what I had thought, and there were still a lot of p...more
Julie
I really enjoyed this thriller. It had spooky elements that weren't eye rolling but actually intriguing. I was wrapped up in the story behind Catherine the ghost, the relationship between the MC Heath and his father, and how it all comes together. I appreciate that this ghost tale was set in more modern times and the ghost didn't live in the 1800's or some time most typically found in ghostly stories.

The characters were great to get to know. I found it refreshing to read from a male MC's point...more
Melissa Caldwell
This was a story more about redemption and overcoming the past than it was about the dead, or ghosts. Heath has a lot of personal baggage for a young man. He has a lot to overcome and a lot of emotional and physical scars he has to learn to deal with. It was quite interesting to watch his journey.

The "ghost story" aspect of it, while nicely done, was not what drew me in. I did feel sad for Catherine, but I felt like Heath's story was the shining point. I'm sure others would disagree. That's the...more
Jaime Lester
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I had no doubt, O'Dell! None at all! What a fantastic book. It spooked me some which is always good, and it was just a dang good story. The writing was fantastic. Reading your beautifully written reviews for such a long time gave me confidence that your story writing skills would be top notch. They were, without a doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I cannot wait to read your next!
In case you don't know, wonderful readers an...more
Dana Wright
This book was a fast paced read that I could not put down. Please join me for a blog tour on
http://zombiegirlshambling.blogspot.com/ on March 5th. Make sure you add this to your YA reading list for the spring. You won't regret it. Ghosts, revenge, theater drama...you won't be able to put it down. I will be watching for more books from this talented author.
Natasha
Heck, I was really expecting more horrors but the twisted ending really got me. Thank you for not scaring the shit out of me and yes I'm rooting for the tragic ghost!
Jayjay
The whole story was flawless! A haunting tale that will leave you breathless.

FULL REVIEW TO COME http://wefancybooks.blogspot.com
Amanda
Review to come on LIO!
Bob
I had the honor of participating in a staged reading of The Weeping at Houston's Country Playhouse. John Kaiser adapted the novel into a play, which we presented as a benefit / celebration / book signing for O'Dell's work at CPH.
Gwen
I give up, I just can't get into ghost stories. But for people who do like them, then they would probably like this book.
Dena (Batch of Books)
Gave up on this one. Just not my thing.
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O'Dell Hutchison was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. He currently lives in Katy, TX with his dog, Gia. By day, he is an IT Trainer/Instructional Designer. He spends his free time reading, writing, laughing and wishing the weather in Texas allowed for more o...more
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