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Surrogate Child

2.98  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

From Andrew Neiderman comes a haunting tale of a son's terrifying legacy....

Surrogate Child

Fifteen-year-old Solomon Stern was the perfect teenager: an ideal student, an outstanding athlete, and a valued friend.

But when Solomon ended his life with a hangman's noose, he shattered every dream that Joe and Martha Stern held dear. His legacy: guilt to a father who didn't

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Pocket (first published August 1st 1988)
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Eric Carcano
Oct 09, 2015 Eric Carcano rated it really liked it
This is probably one of the earliest novels (1988) to feature a desktop PC as a primary element...all ten megabytes! Mysterious files act as a malevolent catalyst of some sort, and keep re-appearing even after being deleted...except the question of how and what is mostly left hanging.
Thats not so bad really, because where this story really shines is in the suggestive descriptions of creeping doom in the life of a family. Mom is very taken with her new adopted son, and vice versa, gradually to th
Louise Thomson
Jan 05, 2015 Louise Thomson rated it did not like it
This was dreadful. I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with this book until 30% of the way through I noticed that there was actually no storyline. It was all just talking about the feelings. It is as so strange and so much left unanswered. I can't believe I actually finished it. I hate to invest my time into a book and not finish. I was curious to know what the whole point of the story was. I rolled my eyes at the ending.
Aug 12, 2014 S rated it it was ok
Anti-climactic. I was debating whether to even finish this book, but I had to because I had to know what happened. The characters were not particularly interesting and the by the time this story had even pulled me in I only had 50 pages left. Definitely slow to start and quick to finish. The ending wasn't even creative..
Dec 04, 2010 MBR rated it really liked it
Creepy, riveting and suspenseful!
Delicious Strawberry
Nov 14, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it did not like it
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Neiderman's earliest works were the best. Some authors get better as they get older (and wiser) However, that does not apply to Neiderman, his works have been getting worse (and more rushed) This sounds like a really cool story (bad books often do in the summary) but the characters were awful. Mom and Dad are flat, two dimensional characters and I found myself wanting to slap Mom (and Dad) around. The writing in itself is pretty bad, with a lot of repetition or belaboring the point in certain pa ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
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I hated this book but I had to finish it. I needed to find out what happened. I will never recommend this book to anybody.
Oct 22, 2014 R.M. rated it liked it
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It's a chilling tale about a family who loses their son to suicide and adopt another one in hopes to feel more complete.
Erin Nudi
Nov 21, 2013 Erin Nudi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
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Andrew Neiderman is the author of over 44 thrillers, including six of which have been translated onto film, including the big hit, 'The Devil's Advocate', a story in which he also wrote a libretto for the music-stage adaptation. One of his novels, Tender Loving Care, has been adapted into a CD-Rom interactive movie.

Andrew Neiderman became the ghostwriter for V.C. Andrews following her death in 19
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