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The Seeker

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
When graduate student Aine Cahill uncovers a journal proving that her aunt Bonnie was an intimate companion of Henry David Thoreau’s during his supposedly solitary sojourn at Walden Pond, she knows that she has found the perfect subject for her dissertation.

She decides to travel to Walden Pond herself to hunker down and work on her writing, but it quickly becomes clear tha
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Pegasus (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 06, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This book was interesting, but I felt that I was pulled along more by wanting to know what was happening than by any interest in the characters or their lives. I also didn't appreciate the cliffhanger, which happened after nothing was resolved.
June Seymour
Apr 27, 2014 June Seymour rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Is there a sequel? Hated the ending. With this book again, the author leaves more questions than closure, more questions than answers. Liked it, just didn't love it.
Jan 27, 2014 Veronica rated it liked it
I was only going to give this book two stars... until I got about three quarters of the way through when it started to REALLY pick up. The thing I was most annoyed with was the that there was so much going on that did not seem to connect. A love triangle, a touch of supernatural, a family curse, mystery, Thoreau, murder--and that's not even the half of it--all in a 300-page novel. However, R. B. Chesterton (a.k.a. Carolyn Haines) really did a nice job of tying everything in at the end.

Also, I wa
Nov 16, 2015 Sophie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 03, 2014 Albert rated it liked it
Title - The Seeker

Author - R B Chesterton

Genre - Horror

Story Summary -

Graduate student Aine Cahill is working on her dissertation at Walden Pond on Henry David Thoreau. Having uncovered documents that lead her to believe that Thoreau did not spend his time at Walden Pond alone but instead in the company of a woman, her own aunt Bonnie, Aine believes she has found the perfect subject for her writing.
But Aine has a history of poor decisions and her family history is a burden she is carrying hea
Jun 29, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folksiknow
I love the premise of The Seeker: a graduate student (Aine Cahill) looks to turn history on its ear by exposing the "truth" about Thoreau's ostensibly solitary time spent on Walden Pond. The idea that she--and she alone--has the secret diary of the the woman who might have been Thoreau's companion and lover lends an immediate intensity to the tale. Chesteron (Carolyn Haines) takes southern gothic literary tradition back to its Yankee roots, painting Walden Pond as not just a pastoral, inspiring ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Kristine rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review can be found at

* I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*

My feelings were mixed when it came to this book. It started out quite slow but at the same time it was extremely busy. There were so many different plot points that it was hard to keep it all straight and determine what the book was actually about. There was the Cahill curse, the Bonnie and Thoreau connecti
Mar 17, 2015 Janice rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
This author, R.B.Chesterton, is writing under a pseudonym, and is actually a long time favorite author of mine, Carolyn Haines. She writes a fun series, the "Sarah Booth Delaney" series; Sarah is a modern southern belle and a private detective, who is assisted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny. I enjoy the series, but my favorites have been some of Haines stand-alone books, such as Penumbra and Revenant. So I was excited to see that this book was actually written by this author ...more
Andrew K. Lee
Sep 25, 2014 Andrew K. Lee rated it really liked it
Aine Cahill, a doctoral candidate, rents a cabin in Concord, MA, to write her dissertation on Thoreau. However, she quickly encounters mysterious events and ghostly appearances, which relate not only to her research but to a family curse she has long sought to escape. As events spiral out of control, and people around her start dying, Aine is pulled further and further into a haunting madness—is she going insane, or is there really a vindictive spirit intent on destroying her life?

This was a tau
Nov 01, 2014 Maureen rated it liked it
The Seeker was an easy read and one that you just did not want to put down. Unfortunately I did not like the ending. It left me with too many unanswered questions. Maybe there will be another book to continue the story.
May 05, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
This was a book I received in a giveaway. I really enjoyed the premise and storyline with the exception of I felt it was drawn out with irrelevant details that did not add to the story.
May 09, 2014 Martha rated it did not like it
It started promising, but then it became very boring and frustrating. I kept reading hoping it would get better, or that at leas I would know what happened. At the end, there is really no resolution.
Gail Goodknecht
May 05, 2014 Gail Goodknecht rated it liked it
Okay, if you like paranormal reading. A lot of twists and turns. For me, an unsatisfactory ending.
Joyce Whitebread
Mar 26, 2014 Joyce Whitebread rated it really liked it
Loved book until the last page
Sophie Cimon
Oct 16, 2016 Sophie Cimon rated it really liked it
I liked it even if it took me half the book to get involve in the story. The general idea is good and the end rise a lot of questions and it makes me questioning the whole story. Could be interpreted like this, just first level or it could be more like a "Shutter Island's story" The only down for me, I didn't like the main character nor the love story.
Oct 13, 2016 Shelly rated it liked it
Still Seeking a Proper Ending!!

The premise of this story was top notch. The execution was okay, but the author repeated information too often and I found myself wanting to skip ahead. And then there is the ending...or lack of ending! I'm not a person who needs a Hollywood ending with everything wrapped up in a bow, but the ending to this book was non-existent. Nothing was truly answered and it was as if the author was either flummoxed on how to end the story or was trying to set it up for there
Oct 05, 2016 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So many frustrating things about this book and so many frustrating actions by main character Aine. I just wanted to yell, "Why did you do that for??" at her. The story was so dark, too dark... I wish I could have liked it more, but I feel so "meh" about the whole book. The way the characters spoke wasn't even realistic with the current times.
Oct 10, 2016 Karren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out alright. The ending ( if you can call it that) left you asking what just happened?
Sep 12, 2016 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because of its compelling premise; that Henry David Thoreau was not really alone at Walden Pond, but rather holed up in a cabin love nest with his mistress. (!) For a former English major forced to endure many hours of examination of Walden Pond’s themes, this is a titillating idea; one that could potentially breathe new life into old, tired analysis. Sadly, however, The Seeker is more of a supernatural mystery than any sort of in depth study of what could have been an ...more
Sep 27, 2016 Joggingt rated it really liked it
It was all good until the end. Still sitting with my mouth open!!!
Sienna Wilder
Jul 11, 2014 Sienna Wilder rated it liked it
Sienna Wilder Somewhat Recommends The Seeker by R.B. Chesterton.

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I give it 3/5 stars, with it's main weakness being the narrative voice of the protagonist, Aine.

It's a murder mystery centered around a Literature Ph.D. candidate, Aine Cahill, staying at Walden Pond to write her dissertation on Henry David Thoreau, using her great-great-great-aunt Bonnie Cahill's journal as a testimony to the theory that Thoreau did not live alone in the woods, as he claimed
The Book Breeze
Jan 14, 2015 The Book Breeze rated it really liked it
Chesterton brings to life another exciting thriller, an expose of inner turmoil and thoughtful perception. Opening with the violent history of the Cahills, a band of travelers from Ireland, the stage is set for a tempestuous romp into the isolated woods surrounding Walden Pond. Fate has not been good to the Cahills, imbuing them with savage intent, insanity, and a love of all things outside the laws of man and nature. Determined not to fall prey to the Cahill Curse, Aine Cahill has nonetheless, ...more
Susan Obryan
Dec 16, 2015 Susan Obryan rated it really liked it
If you’re in the mood for Southern Goth, no one does it better than R.B. Chesterton aka Carolyn Haines. She’s a fan favorite, whether she is writing as Chesterton or under her own name for the ghost-haunted “Bones” murder series featuring Sarah Booth Delaney. Haines has written more than 70 books in various genres, including a 500-page cookbook (“Bone-a-Fied Delicious Cookbook”).

The latest from the Hattiesburg native is “The Seeker,” a far leap from the author’s Mississippi roots. In her second
Mahala Church
Aug 05, 2014 Mahala Church rated it really liked it
Chesterton brings to life another exciting thriller, an expose of inner turmoil and thoughtful perception. Opening with the violent history of the Cahills, a band of travelers from Ireland, the stage is set for a tempestuous romp into the isolated woods surrounding Walden Pond. Fate has not been good to the Cahills, imbuing them with savage intent, insanity, and a love of all things outside the laws of man and nature. Determined not to fall prey to the Cahill Curse, Aine Cahill has nonetheless, ...more
May 20, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it
Aine Cahill, the narrator of R. B. Chesterton's (a pseudonym for Carolyn Haines)"The Seeker," may not be all that reliable, either. She tells us she's a Brandeis graduate student working on a doctoral dissertation based on a journal that mysteriously came to her in the mail. It was written by her great-great-great-great aunt who claims to have lived at Walden Pond with Henry David Thoreau and been his lover. If Aine can verify the journal's contents, it will upend Thoreau's reputation as a ...more
Morgan Daversa
Mar 22, 2015 Morgan Daversa rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this five starts because I couldn't put it down and it's rare for me NOT to fall asleep while reading at night. This one, I had to force myself to put down. With that said, I wish it had kept going, I wasn't ready for it to end where it ended, and I would love to see a sequel. But perhaps it ended where it was supposed, with that uncertainty that keeps you thinking on the story long after you've finished.
This a book with strong writing, rich detail, and an interesting, (fictional) twi
After reading the prologue I was entranced. I needed to read this book. I needed to know what would happen. What an amazing set up for the story. However, not as much was done with the characters and plot as I had anticipated. Normally when reading I become so immersed I become the main character. This book left me feeling like an outsider peeking through a veil. I couldn't fully feel for the characters and I wasn't pulled along by the plot. It was as if an outline of intriguing points had been ...more
Melinda M
Nov 28, 2015 Melinda M rated it liked it
Shelves: done
This is not my normal type of book but I gave it a chance. If you like Southern Gothic or horror than you will probably like it. It is set in Waldon Pond, Massachusetts. A graduate, Aine Cahill goes to Waldon Pond to work on her dissertation after finding a journal. The journal was a secret dairy of her Aunt Bonnie who implies that Henry Thoreau and her were together during his Walden Pond period which would make the literary world go upside down if it could be proven. Along the way Aine tries ...more
Haley Russell
Nov 07, 2014 Haley Russell rated it really liked it
I played a little game of library roulette with this book. I went into the library and decided to pick a book from the fiction section based on nothing more than the cover. I think I got lucky with this one. If you're not into creepy supernatural thrillers, this is not the book for you. Luckily for me, that was right up my alley...and not bad timing right after Halloween!

Some of the author's turn-of-phrase struck me as trite in the beginning. I'm not sure if it got better as the book progressed
Jun 05, 2014 Poedust rated it did not like it
Although I enjoyed Chesterton's style and the story was refreshing compared to may mainstream publications- I think it was a loss of time. The plot never evolves; nothing ever happens in the book. The Seeker remains at that. I was glued to the book for the sole reason of wanting to know what would happen next. By the time I reached the last page I was as if I had just started reading, not knowing what was about to happen.
In the end I had conflicting emotions about The Seeker, while I was happy I
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