The Between tells the story of Hilton James, a man who suffers from a severe sleep disorder - and vivid, often terrifying dreams. As the line between reality and his dreams blur, Hilton's storybook life begins to crumble. He even begins to question his sanity. But when his family is placed in very real danger, Hilton fears something other-worldy is happening to him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Due is ...more
Hilton was seven when his grandmother died, and it was a bad time. But it was worse when she died again..."I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Due writes in vivid detail without overloading the page and her grasp of pace and tension are top-notch. I couldn't put the book down: I just had to know how it would all turn out.
The characters were t...more
so many doorways. between the world of ...more
The Between is Tananarive Due’s first novel, published in 1995. Its protagonist is Hilton James who, as a young boy, almost drowns, but is rescued by his grandmother. The undertow takes her instead. James is adopted by an aunt and uncle and, once grow ...more
Does our main character suffer from schizophrenia? Okay, let's work with it. We know there's a supernatural undertone to his ailment, but let's figure out how he snaps out of it.
Will the racist stocker succeed at harming the main character's family? Okay, here's another compelling plot.
Instead, the novel works itself up into a repetitive frenzy that, although written ...more
Fast forward - the boy is now a man with a f ...more
Hilton is living on stolen time. At nine, he lost his Nana to the ocean when she went out to save him, but he knows he lost her way before then. Now, 30 years later, he is a husband and father of 2. He is having dreams; bad, sleep-depriving dreams. So bad he is not sure if the dreams are reality or his reality are his dreams.
When a man threatens to kill his wife and children, he really loses it. He starts seeing things that aren't there. Appears to have ESP. Once he chooses to accept who/what he ...more
Hilton James is a successful, overworked middle-class father and husband. His job seeps into his nights and weekends and his marriage isn't perfect, but he's proud of how much he has achieved since his ignorant, country childhood.
Then the threats begin and, with them, the dreams.
Hilton struggles to find what is real and what is an elaborate fantasy. As his wife and friends begin to fear for Hilton's sanity, a d ...more
Truly not to be missed.
Tananarive Due has gone on the write several other brilliantly inventive novels after this one, but in many ways this is her most chilling. When Hilton was a young child, his grandmother saved him from drowning. Now, as an adult, he has begun having deeply disturbing nightmares that suggest he was never meant to live. The story is all the more powerful because Due is so good at letting us know how much is at stake. Is there such a t ...more
This was another one I ended up staying in the bathtub way too long because I wanted to know what would happen. The ending wasn't exactly a shock but she had a lot she could have done with it and she didn't pull her punch so that was pretty tight. Nice shout-out to The Shining in the third act.
This was the first novel of Due's I've read but a few of the other titles keep popping up on must-read lists so that is excellent.
So, I put it on reserve at the local library and once I started reading it I just got sucked into the life and dreams of Hilton James and went along for the thrill ride to the very end, which left me breathless.
Now I can't wait to check ...more
Then he sees her.
She is thin, tall, with an angular neck and her chin held high as she stands motionless in the wall of fire, which does not seem to touch her. She is a young woman Hilton has never seen before, but instantly he divines everything about her: s ...more
The Between is a great story, a great piece of craft, and a great read.