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A seventy-five year old secret waits in a lovely old portrait studio, at the end of a street in New York City's Lower East Side. It is a secret, that drove to madness, a renowned photographer, 'Papa' Menashe Reisman, and left him to waste and die in his own studio, but haunted by every photograph he tries to take. When his great-grand daughter, Shelly, begs to have the old ...more
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Published February 15th 2010 by Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick
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Darcia Helle
The cover of this book is what first drew me. Caraliza, the cover, is haunting, stark and beautiful. I soon found out that Caraliza, the book, is as well. This is a story of brutality, survival, deceit, revenge, and enduring love. Kirkpatrick opens with a brilliant piece of historical fiction. He then effortlessly transitions to the current day, yet we don't lose the characters we've grown to love. They haunt us, as they haunt the pages of the book.

This isn't a fast-paced thriller, nor is it mea
Jen Knox
"The brilliant glow of his soul in their mouths as Caraliza prevented its escape into the air."

Caraliza is a gripping but also lovely, potent novel that is about human endurance, connection, and our capacity for love despite distance and time. What makes the book so incredible is the fact that it constantly surprises. Like any good book, there's a dynamic here that is difficult to recreate in summary if I want to do the story justice, but I'll try: Caraliza is about the endurance of genuine roma
Jenny Hilborne
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It's so much more than a paranormal romantic mystery. The living breathe life into the dead. The dead have a message, a story they need told to the living. A menacing ghost terrorizes a family. In this book, the love is so tangible it made me sigh with envy. The author's words and style are beautiful. I found myself transported right into the scene, right into each era. I was totally immersed in the story. I enjoyed my time in the naughty closet.

Lisette Brodey
This beautiful story, as richly told by author Kirkpatrick, was unlike anything I’d ever read. The story begins in 1917, when Yousep Kogen, a shop boy who works for Menashe “Papa” Reisman, falls in love with a frail young Dutch girl, Caraliza, who is being held captive across the street by a brute who routinely abuses her. The author realistically and stunningly describes Yousep’s quick assimilation into manhood and Caraliza’s intense need for love.

After tragic events make their mark on the yea
This is not a novel, it's not a work of fiction, it's about real people, real ghosts. But that's just it... it's not. It is fiction -- at least that what you have to keep telling yourself. When Kirkpatrick writes a novel, he creates such vivid, realistic characters, that the reader would be forgiven for believing the story is real. That's where the elegant twist in this tale lies; Kirkpatrick has written it in such a way as to suggest it actually happened so much so that part of the storyline in ...more
Mark Jacobs
Author Joel Kirkpatrick pulls us in emotionally from the very first pages of this sad tale of a teenaged Dutch girl sold into servitude and near starvation in an early 20th century New York slum, and the young man who is doomed to save her from her oppressor, and at any cost. Their story spans almost an entire century, full of rich, well-developed characters and paranormal twists that will keep you guessing until the complete mosaic of their life together is revealed in the very last pages. A st ...more
Gems: Caraliza is a story possessed by stark hauntings that will grip your nerves from the first page and drag you into a grisly nightmare that will both seduce and frighten the reader. Much like the photo of Caraliza, it is impossible to turn your eyes away from the macabre on the page and within them, a person will see both beauty and horrible abuse. However, the ghastliness is not achieved through simple shock value, but by displaying an imaginary realness and believable richness of history. ...more
Belinda Pepper
Never before have I been hooked by a book as much as I was with Caraliza. And this isn't even the genre I like to read!

At my dad's recommendation, I read his copy of Caraliza. I'm not a night owl. I go to bed early. I stayed up until midnight- every night for 3 nights- reading Caraliza.

"Hauntingly beautiful" is the best way I can describe this book. And I don't use the term because it's a ghost story. This story will follow you around until you finish it, and even then it will linger in the back
Kathleen Valentine
This is a very strange and haunting story with much to recommend it. It is a ghost/love story with considerable charm and starts off really well but then wanders around a bit before getting back on track. I liked the story very much but found the narrative style to be annoying after while. Also, the book is in serious need of editing. There are a lot of misused words (it is "past", not "passed" - a mistake made repeatedly - and the author needs to learn the difference between "effect" and "affec ...more
I received the free download of this book, "Caraliza" by Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick through smashwords.Author Joel Kirkpatrick pulls us in emotionally from the very first pages of this sad tale of a teenaged Dutch girl sold into servitude and near starvation in an early 20th century New York slum, and the young man who is doomed to save her from her oppressor, and at any cost. Their story spans almost an entire century, full of rich, well-developed characters and paranormal twists that will keep yo ...more
This year i'm only reading books that are getting 5 stars and/or at the top of must read lists and as you can imagine it has taken me on several crazy rides. This book was one of those 5stars and a very crazy ride. I enjoyed the ride after I was done with the yes I'm a chicken. It's a free book and very worth your time. I might start reading more murder/mystery books now after this one.
Karen Klein
I just finished this book and the only words that I can use to describe it right now are that it was absolutely, positively one of the most amazing books that I have ever read! Just read it!!!!!
This book started out slow but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. Loved the ending!!!
Lori Petticrew
A tale woven thru time. I enjoyed the writting style and the story was marvelous!
Caraliza (Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick)


Shelly Reiesman wants to renovate the family portrait studio, a seventy-five year old building. This building has been shut down since 1919. Reluctantly the family agrees to her request. She knows of her great grandfather 'Papa' Menashe Reisman and his madness leading up to his death. But what she does not know is what caused him to lose his sanity.

As she beings renovations she soon finds she is not alone in the old building, the
Jul 19, 2011 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is a love/ghost story spanning 3 generations. In the first part of the book, we learn the story of a tragic relationship between two poor young people and than we jump forward and enter the lives of a family that is affected by that tragic love 75 years later. I guess the theme might be that actions may have consequences for a long time and that love can overcome adversity.

First of all, let me say that I am not much of a fan of romance novels. The romance was much more emphasized than the m
Outerspace Andrea
This book started out with so much promise, but then progressively went downhill in some ways for me. It is set in the past and present and is a paranormal mystery/ romance (emphasis on the romance). I am not a fan typically of romance type novels and this book reminded me why. The ghost story part of this book is simply fantastic and I truly enjoyed when the novel reverted to the story of the young lovers of 1919. The history, the mystery, and the sense of dark foreshadowing were very well writ ...more
I loved the love story; that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was so beautiful and heartbreaking and damn near perfect. Unfortunately, the majority of the book is dominated by this paranormal tale about a girl opening a restaurant with ghosts. I wanted the story to end when Yousep and Caraliza are confronted by Toby, l didn't really care about the rest of it. I didn't really like Shelly all that much and had no idea why Evan was so in love with her. I wish the rest of the book was a ...more
This book is so haunting yet beautiful!! I must give it 5 stars, it deserves nothing less. The story of Caraliza gave me chills and I was so absorbed in the characters, I just couldnt put it down for a second. I absolutely loved the love between the characters it was like I could reach out and touch it! I LOVED THIS BOOK , Def a story to stay with me long after I finish reading it.
Unusual ghost story. (Although I generally don't read ghost stories so it may not be all that unusual.) I found it to be a very enjoyable mystery sort of story. I never felt that I really knew the present day characters but characters from the early part of the century felt very real.
Tracy Shea
I really enjoyed this story. It was quite unique, kept me guessing until the end. Wonderfully written and transported me back in time.
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Joel lives with his lovely wife and two boys in Southwest Colorado. His first four published novels are: Harmony's Passing, Caraliza, Breathing into Stone, and Shared

His most recent work When America Slew Her King is a troubling look at America's own History, from use of the most incredible lie that can be told about it.
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