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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  672 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Young Sarah is no ordinary girl. She’s been diagnosed as schizophrenic and locked away in a children’s psychiatric ward. But that’s not what makes her special. She also has a very strange—and powerful—gift. Scientists have been studying Sarah’s remarkable psychic power for years, enhancing it, manipulating it…twisting it into something evil. But their plans have gone horri ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Leisure Books
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Many have likened this novel to King’s “Firestarter” and it is very easy to see why. We have a little girl, with unimaginable power, an evil institution trying to bend and wield her power and an unlikely hero trying to save the child. Kenyon even named a secondary character “Charlie” as if to acknowledge the similarities and give homage to King. But “The Reach” although it shares so many similarities, reads as an entirely different story.

Short Synopsis: Jess Chambers is a star student in Psychia
John Everson
Nate Kenyon has reinvented the "wild talent" novel with THE REACH, and it's about time somebody did! I couldn't put it down!

Kenyon has crafted the perfect melding of paranormal sci-fi with the horror trope of a wrongly (or is she?) imprisoned asylum inmate. Add to that a smattering of mystery and thriller and THE REACH is what every novel aspires to be -- a rollercoaster of plot with characters you love to ride with -- and at the end, you hope they'll get in line with you again.

I.E. Lester
Nate Kenyon has proved that his debut novel wasn't a fluke.

He's picked one of the few things that really unnerve me - kids who a little bit weird. I have no problem with vampires, werewolves, demons, psychopaths, witchcraft etc. gore doesn't bother me. But an odd kid is seriously spooky.

This particular strange kid is a ten year old girl - institutionalised most of her life. A psychology student call Jess Chambers, however, thinks she shouldn't be and sets off to get her released.

And just when yo
Well... considering I normally take at least 5 days to finish most books, I'd assume me saying I read this in 48 hours would tell people how much I enjoyed this book. It was a very fast-paced and intense read. I kept reading on as I wanted to find out how things were going to end up for Sarah. This wasn't a "scary" horror book, but had lots of action scenes as well as paranormal elements within so the book couldn't be labeled as just a "thriller" so it's definitely a horror book, just a lighter ...more
Nary a whiff of Stephen King in the writing. There are plot similarities to "Firestarter" but that's it. Every young horror writer (especially those from Maine) gets compared to King & there is just no reason for it here.

That's not to say it's not a good book...or that the writing is sub par. It IS a good read and the writing is fine. The story is a little slow to start and the medical details take up way more of the novel than anything resembling "horror." Description and characterization
Nate Kenyon
Dec 05, 2008 Nate Kenyon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
My latest novel...
Ten years old, Sarah has pretty much lived her whole life in a mental hospital. Dr. Wasserman at The Wasserman Facility has diagnosed Sarah as being a schizophrenic. Sarah isn’t your normal schizophrenic; in fact Sarah is also a psychic. Jess Chambers has studied the extreme child psychology cases and that is why she is very excited to be able to meet young Sarah. The doctors at The Wasserman Facility have been able to control Sarah. You know the saying “Be careful what you wish for”, well Jess ...more
I read this entire book yesterday on the way to Las Vegas. Not really reminiscent of Stephen King as the cover quote claims, but certainly in that genre. Perfectly acceptable airplane book.
Matt R.
I really enjoyed this paranormal thriller. I was consumed by this book from the beginning. From the first visit to the psychiatric facility to the ending, this book is a thrill ride.
L.D. Jacobson
I thought this was a really creepy, very well-done thriller with two kick-ass protagonists. Great job! I really enjoyed it.
Kevin Lucia
Reminiscent of Dean Koontz and Stephen King with talent all its own - a novel EVERYONE can get into.
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Dec 25, 2008 Adreanne marked it as to-read
this looks, wow, i can't wait to read it!
It took me a long time to read The Reach, but not because the writing is bad, or scary for that matter. In fact, I wouldn't call this horror, more like a paranormal thriller. Even when the book reaches the explosive conclusion, it's not graphic enough to inspire any feelings of horror or fear. It is a solid ending, and the writing is good. It's just not what I was expecting when I first opened the book.

So to simplify the premise, it's basically Firestarter. All the same elements are here; a shad
T.L. Barrett
Nate Kenyon is a relatively new horror writer. This is my first book of his I have read (his second novel). There is much to be admired about this writer's style, and there was nothing about the writing that seemed overwritten or awkward, but the plot, the characters and the suspense all seemed pretty tired.

Ten years after the strange birth of a girl and the subsequent burning of the hospital, Jess Chambers, a psychology grad student, is asked to visit with the ten year old Sarah, who is being k
Nate Kenyon is an author I was alerted to by the recommendations function here on goodreads. His novel Sparrow Rock immediately caught my eye, but after failing to track it down anywhere in ebook format, I settled for giving The Reach a try when it went on sale recently.

As multiple reviewers have noted, the story shares a great deal in common with Stephen King's Firestarter, as both involve a child with psychic abilities who is too powerful for anyone to truly control. In this case, the child ha
I really enjoyed Nate Kenyon's "Sparrow Rock," and I wanted to enjoy this book too, but found it rather bland and just could not get into it.
Our intrepid young heroine is a med student studying child psychology (she is doing this because her younger brother was autistic and was not properly cared for, which led to his untimely death; after all, when studying medicine, one simply must have a dead relative to find a cure for). She is recruited by a professor to work at a mental institution where a
This was a really quick read. Creepy, believable, just enough science to explain why things are happening. I may be slow, but I did not figure out how bad the bad guy was until the end, just when I was supposed to, I like that though. I try not to over think these things so I can be surprised, plus I read this in 2 evenings, so there is not a lot of time to dwell on the finer points.

I liked it.
Dierdra Byrd
This is about a 10 year old girl named Sarah that is Psychokinesis. Jess is a student and her professor comes to her wanting her to study and befriend Sarah. The premises is very interesting but the book fell very, very flat. I did manage to get through it why the two stars but it was hard to get all the way through. There were times I felt as if I was in a college class with all the psychological and technical terminology thrown in and repeated over, and over again. It got really boring, really ...more
Katie Kenig
The blurb on the cover compared this book to vintage Stephen King, and I agree. It is extremely reminscent of Firestarter, one of my favourites from when I was a teenager. In fact, it's pretty much what Firestarter would have been, were it set in today's high-tech, genome discovering, mercenery world.

There's a young girl. She's special. And a college student has been assigned to find out why. Is she schizophrenic? Is she psychic? Jess strives to figure it out, despite constant roadblocks thrown
Pat Gerber-Relf
I am not sure about this one. Found it a good book for a horror story, but a bit of a rip off of child having super psi sense and destroying everyone and everything with a good ending after a few deaths, burnings and destructions etc. etc. Preferred the first book from Nate Kenyon (this was the second).
Tkay Swisher

I have The Reach a five star rating because this is one of the very rare books that I cannot put down until every last page has been turned and read eagerly.
Nate Kenyon is a master of thrilling, chilling, suspense.
Definitely a page turner. I really enjoyed the psychological twists in this book and the roller coaster of emotions from each character. Reminds me of those good classics like Firestarter, but am glad it isn't a copy of it. This book has its own personality and worth reading.
Theresa j Houle
The reach

I like this book. If u liked reading Carrie by Stephen king u will like the reach. Same kind of powers but the girl was a lot younger.
Jan 24, 2010 Marvin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Crichton, Cook, and King
Shelves: kindle
The Reach is an enjoyable psychic thriller that is equal parts Robin Cook and Stephen King. More a science fiction thriller than a horror novel, it still has plenty of suspense and tingles. Nate Kenyon clearly did his research into psychological, medical and paranormal sciences and fitted it well into the plot. Overall, I did not find the characters that well developed and the twist at the end involving Jess was obvious from the first 30 pages. Yet I did enjoy it and recommend it to anyone who l ...more
This was a fast and fun read. The premise of a young girl, Sarah, and her mystical powers - combined with downright eerie cover art - provided quite the hook. And while the story was not perhaps the most original, Kenyon offered some interesting sub-plots that helped to spice up the story and keep it fresh. Unfortunately, the novel ended with some rather large questions left unaddressed. So, while I did enjoy reading this book - it was more of an entertaining way to pass the evening than anythin ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Kelly marked it as didnt-finish
Shelves: 2012
On page 196 out of 276: Just having the hardest time with this book! I'm not connecting with it at all, and find it boring, for the most part. I thought this was going to be one that I really liked. Not sure if I'm just not in the right mood for it, if I'm too distracted, or if I really just don't like the book itself. Determined to finish it, though.

update: I set the book down over a month ago, at page 210, and never felt compelled to pick it up again. Shelving it as "didn't finish".
Nate Kenyon is a believer of the slow burn. The Reach starts slow and almost lost me during the first 100 pages, but after that the twists and turns just keep coming and I had to know what would happen to our young
Firestarter (Heh heh).

Comparisons to Stephen King pop up every where now, and with a book about a young woman with PSI powers, the comparisons are even more likely. On its own merit though this is a fun book that shouldn't disappoint fans of the genre.
Fun book to read. Creepy yet emotionally attaching at the same time. I thought the ending could have been polished a little better. Nate..You seem well set up for sequels.

The doctor in charge of the facility reminded me a lot of the the man in charge of the facility where Hannibal Lecter was held. Was this intentional?

At this point I would have to vote for this book in the Bram Stoker poll. I have read two of them. Two more to go.
I picked up this book expecting something totally different. The cover pictures a young girl strapped up in a straight jacket. She looks like Samara, the girl from "The Ring" movie. That's why you don't judge a book by its cover. I anticipated a story about a creepy, evil little girl.

Instead, this story was very similar to Stephen King's "Firestarter." If you enjoyed that book, you'll like this one, too.
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Kenyon grew up in a small town in Maine. His first novel, Bloodstone, received raves from places as varied as Library Journal, Fangoria, Publishers Weekly,, Ce
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