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Audrey Rose

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  14,724 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Suppose a stranger told you your daughter was his daughter in another life? Suppose you began to believe him? Suppose it was true?
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 21st 1984 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1975)
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Nov 23, 2012 Space rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Space by: Lisa
Wow, where do I start? You saw the five stars. Let me add to that the fact that I spent all day today, Thanksgiving day, sitting on the couch reading while my daughter played with her dollhouse on the rug and my wife made preparations for our festivities tomorrow. It was a perfect day to read, and read I did. I tore through the last 275 pages of the 460-page book today. That's probably the most I've ever read in one day. It's also likely the most I've ever been gripped by a book. Ever.

Karen Miller

It's strange that so many of the reviewers here have said the same thing, but I -- too-- read this book when I was probably much too young to do so. I was 12, and I remember the book not scaring me, but definitely intriguing me.

I re-read it a few years ago and found that it was better as a memory.

Still, I have to give it five stars because of the impression it first left.

Just as a side note...I HATED the movie.
Brian Schwartz
I enjoyed this AUDREY ROSE a great deal when I first read it as an adolescent. I enjoyed reading it just as much as an adult. However the perspectives were much different. As a child, I enjoyed what was a fascinating tale. I was particularly taken with the creepy autopsy notes at the end. I had never read a tale whose resolution was presented in such an unconventional manner.

My perspective as an adult was more emotional. As a middle-aged man, I am the father of a nine year old daughter. My attac
Slow to start...but once into the meat of the story...the pages were turning fast......I had read this when I was telling what happened to my original copy. I got another at for $3.50, and no shipping fee. I am glad I read it again. You know how you're worried it won't be what you remembered?? The thrill won't be the same? I really enjoyed this one. Get a copy,and set it back to read next October. It's that good.
I read this as a tween - and what stuck with me most was the idea of reincarnation. I think I knew about it before I read this book - but this was the first book I had read where the idea was really pushed - and I found that really interesting. I think the book pushed my little mind open a little more than it was at the time - and that makes me remember it more fondly than I probably should.
Heidi Ward
There was quite the trend for horrifying book covers in the 70s -- lots of creepy children with blank, staring eyes, or faces distorted with terror, dripping blood or gouting flames. I used to dread standing in line at the supermarket with my mom, because invariably there would be some gruesome John Saul novel in the racks that would later compel nightmares of glowing-eyed waifs coming to get me. I also remember the cover of Audrey Rose scaring the bejayzus out of me when I first saw in on the c ...more
First, this book, though widely touted as a HORROR novel, is not horror. I would definitely think some supernatural work is here, but not horror. I wonder if it is the time period in which the book was written...before sci-fi/fantasy and supernatural thrillers were the norm, so, Horror was the closest genre to what it was.

Second, it DRAGS. It repeats itself over and over. It could have been much shorter.

Third, the trial is worth reading, but you don't get that until the last 100 pages of the boo
Sharon Hattingh
One word....DISTURBING. Not so much a horror, though.....something more, something that stirs some kind of ancient truth. It forces one to really consider belief systems that clings to the idea of reincarnation. The author managed to create a thought provoking, yet utterly enjoyable (not the right word, but close enough) read. This tale will stay with me, perhaps even haunt me, for a very long time.
Bill and Janice Templeton live a life of luxury with their daughter Ivy in the hustle and bustle of New York City. For Janice, their apartment is a fortress away from the crazies that live outside their door. The day that Janice finds a strange man waiting for Ivy outside the school, she quickly grabs her daughter and hurries home, hoping to put distance between her and the fear that something terrible is about to tear her family apart. But when Mr. Hoover, the stranger, shows up on the Templeto ...more
Cindy Boogie
I liked this book but I think it spent too much time going over Hoover's Journal entries.
I have such fond memories of the days when everyone was obsessed with reincarnation.
Rebecca McNutt
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John Bruni
This is a hell of an interesting book. In many ways, it's a possession story, but it comes from the very unusual direction of reincarnation. There are a lot of very intense moments, perhaps the most intense ever put to paper, especially the ending, but there is a lot of padding in this book. It could maybe be cut by a quarter and still have the overpowering wallop it bears. De Felitta also pulled off the nearly impossible. I can't stand legal dramas. The latter half of this book takes place in t ...more
Marcus Ionis
There were a number of criticism when this book came out. It was on the heals of the "Exorcist", so stories about a girl troubled by the supernatural wasn't uncommon and were the flavor of the month. However, I think Audrey Rose was different in some way. It wasn't about anything evil or unholy but a curiosity of reincarnation. The characters are a perfect vehicle for western audiences to see and think a non Judia-Christian view of the after life. Even though this book is purely fiction. But the ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Obessives who are lovers of Indian sprituality
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Scary October selection. Set squarely in the 70s, New York City, this book does not disappoint. Bill and Janice Templeton along with their young 10 year old daughter, Ivy, live a life only glimpsed in episodes of Mad Men. He works in advertising and provides for quite an upscale life in Manhattan. They live in Des Artistes... any address in Manhattan that goes by it's name first, is something to be remarked upon. Not only does it sound wonderful but a full purposed doorman and phones with multip ...more
Bill and Janice have the perfect life – marital bliss, a beautiful nine-year-old daughter, Ivy and financial security. However, their peaceful life is disrupted when a man named Elliot Hoover stalks Ivy and claims that she is the reincarnation of his daughter Audrey Rose who died in a car accident.

I would not classify this as horror. It’s more like a mystery with a dash of psychology, suspense and paranormal elements. The story is brought to life by the rich details supplied by the author. All o
This was a captivating read. The author's writing style and the content of the novel impressed me from start to finish. The main characters, Janice and Bill Templeton, are the parents of ten year old Ivy. Problem is Ivy seems to be the reincarnation of a child named Amber Rose and the latter died while trapped in a burning car. Amber Rose's soul is not at peace and begins to cause upheaval in Ivy's present. Janice and Paul's struggle to reconcile reincarnation with their beliefs create the recip ...more
Bonnie Gleckler Clark
I read this book some 35 years ago. My daughter was six years old at the time. This is the story of a family with an eleven year old daughter who is dealing with terrifying and painful episodes. It's also the story of Elliot Hoover who some twelve years ago lost his daughter and wife in a horrible car accident. The plot brings into question "reincarnation". Is Ivy actually Audrey Rose reincarnated? This is certainly in the genre of the macabe....perhaps that is why I enjoyed it so much (being a ...more
Leanna Henderson
Really interesting and well-told. Oddly enough, I read the sequel when I was in fifth grade or so. I always wanted to read the original. Movie fell a but flat if I remember. The book was great, though. The idea of reincarnation seems to have fallen out of fashion, or is it just that the company I keep these days is less questioning and wondering? I first read this when my mind was just starting to open up to possibilities other than what I'd been told. I'm a bit more set in my ways now, but one ...more
Interesting book, written in the mid-1970's, about a child who is supposedly the reincarnated daughter of another man. One thing to say first, this writer never saw an adjective he didn't like; neither did he believe in skimping on description. It's written in a highly detailed style, almost to overkill, and sometimes distracting to always be reminded that he sits in an Eames recliner, and how many olives are in his drink. (Both parents of the child are heavy drinkers.) I think this is prob. a r ...more
Another I read eons ago but despite my crappy memory have never forgotten this one. Will admit to being a teen when I read it; I've always liked books more for adult audiences however despite having been thru more by 12 than many ppl ever go thru mostly re medical issues and dozens of hospitalizations and by virtue of this having been always thought of by myself and others (adults who made up my friends well before I was an adult myself, not having much in common with ppl my own age until just t ...more
The plot itself is interesting, but not ground-breaking. The question of what happens after we cease to be has been discussed to death (Pun intended). Tinged with a bit of the supernatural, the story is more drama than horror; this, more than anything else seems to be the bane of De Felitta’s existence. Throughout the book, you can blatantly see a struggle of intention. One minute he wants you to see at it as a serious, thought-provoking tale, and the next he’s yelling Boo. This not only distrac ...more
Bill and Janice Templeton are a happily married, well-to-do couple. They have a great marriage, a charming apartment, and their perfect daughter Ivy. On separate occasions Bill and Janice notice that a strange child-less man waits outside the school when they are picking Ivy up and dropping her off. Janice knows that from the moment the man approaches them her family's life will never be the same.

I really liked the subject matter. This is one of the most unique books I've read in a while, unfor
I don't know why people compare this book to "The Exorcist" so often, because they're really nothing alike.

When it comes to horror, I always prefer to read the book rather than watch the movie, since books have so many intangibles that movie adaptions really just can't bring to life. I've only seen bits and pieces of the movie, but I can fairly say that the book is immensely better.

Is the book good? Well, it's 1970s horror. So like most popular '70s horror there's a paranormal slant to it. Tha
Finally! I've been trying to remember what this book was for years! I took it off my mother's bookshelf when I was in Jr. High, and I remember it being so gripping, and also my first deep exposure to the idea of reincarnation. I definitely want to re-read now with my adult mind. Super happy to have finally identified this mystery "awesome novel about reincarnation"! Thanks GoodReads Listopia!
Lindsay Buttle
Interesting read. It would be easy to have a book themed with reincarnation be hokey but this one is written in way that the reader has no choice but to believe. The ending was a bit lackluster, but there wasn't really another way to end it. It's a bit dated-the dad reminds me of Jon Hamm's Don Draper-but overall I enjoyed it. I got sucked in quick and for me that's the sign of a good book.
Back in the old days, I did read something other than V.C. Andrews. I was a horror-loving fiend, grabbing up all the lurid paperbacks. This wasn't nearly as lurid as I hoped. Reincarnation, blah, blah, blah.
Richard Marini
I'm on page 100, and how this married couple handle the situation that they are dealing with, does not make sense. I think most people, while reading a story, try to relate to some of the characters. I can't do that with Bill and Janice. I'm not sure I will finish this book.
Lisa Marbly-Warir
I saw the movie a couple of times before I actually read the book. I remember the movie being very good. Of course the book is much more detailed. I read this book 20+ years ago, but I would probably put it as one of my top favorite novels.
Stacey Bryan
Mostly I was bored. Interesting concept and maybe if I kept reading it would have picked up but I was 60% of the way through and it was mostly repetition. If you're interested in reincarnation, it might be of interest to you.
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Frank's latest book, "L'Opera Italiano," is now available as an ebook on and

Best known for Audrey Rose and The Entity, De Felitta has also made a name for himself in the theatrical world as a producer, writer, and director.

De Felitta also briefly experimented with song writing, with one of his songs appearing in his son Raymond De Felitta's film "Two Family House".
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