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The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
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Dec 16, 2011

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I love a good thriller and Chris Bohjalian’s, “Night Strangers,” offers part mystery, part thriller, part horror in this latest book.

Chip & Emily Linton decide to relocate their family of four to a new town in Northern New Hampshire in hopes of a fresh start. Chip was a pilot whose plane had a double engine failure and thirty-nine of his passengers perished. Chip is weighed down with the burden of all the passengers he has lost and knows that a fresh start is just what they need.

When they find a town filled with neighbors who seem to want to include them in their circle, are constantly running food to them, who want to help care for their twin daughters, and all have a love for gardening… well, who wouldn’t they feel like they picked the perfect place to raise their family?

In a dusty corner of their old Victorian home though lies a secret that threatens to change their lives forever. A door has seemingly been sealed with thirty-nine carriage bolts. Thirty-nine is a very significant number to their family and the irony of that is not lost on Chip. When he decides to takes his aggression and anguish out on the door and rid it of the carriage bolts, he unlocks a nightmare for their family that they never expected.

The build on this book is slow and the descriptions are labor-intensive. The story did not grab me right away, but when I hit about halfway in this one, I really wanted to solve the mysteries in the town and discover just what these helpful neighbors were up to. Regardless of the slow build, it did have a great story that just might give you a nightmare or two.

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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Saunders did you just hear about it on NPR...was driving home from the apple orchard and heard it!

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