Sonia Gensler

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I am a former high school teacher turned full-time writer living in Oklahoma with my husband and my cat.

My books include THE REVENANT (Knopf 2011), a ghostly mystery set at a Cherokee girls' school, THE DARK BETWEEN (Knopf 2013) a Gothic murder mystery set in Cambridge, England, and GHOSTLIGHT (Knopf 2015) a contemporary MG mystery about a haunted house film project.

PLEASE NOTE: I'm not assigning stars to book reviews anymore. I'm really not writing reviews, either. Mostly I'm just tracking my reading, and rest assured that if a book shows up on my Goodreads list, it was a worthwhile read.

Today you’ll find paranormal, sci-fi, slasher, and post-apocalyptic films, but there’s nary a ghost in the bunch! (As far as I could tell, at least.) As always, the brief synopses are from imdb.com. The Ritual (2017) — Rated: TV-MA A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing […]
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Average rating: 3.68 · 4,251 ratings · 873 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Revenant

3.61 avg rating — 918 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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The Dark Between

3.43 avg rating — 507 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Ghostlight

3.79 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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3.74 avg rating — 2,621 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
The Sea of Tranquility
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So readable and yet so frustrating. I think the author is incredibly talented and I understand why so many love this novel, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. That said, I HAD to finish it. (And I quit books all the time.)
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
"I had high hopes for this one. I struggled a bit in the beginning but soon started to warm up to the two main characters. Then of course a horrible choice was made and everything went downhill from there. I had quite a few big issues with this boo..." Read more of this review »
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Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica      Miller
Elizabeth and Zenobia
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A deliciously Gothic story with a conclusion that defied my expectations. Looking forward to more from this author.
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Witch by Barbara Michaels
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This is one of the few Barbara Michaels titles that I hadn't read before. Yes, it's dated and flawed, but I still had fun reading it.
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The Silent Companions by Laura  Purcell
The Silent Companions
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Very eerie and Gothic -- conceptually, this was right up my alley. My problem is that I didn't like the main character. Bad things had happened to her, and she was trying to get on with her life, but she didn't inspire sympathy in me. Would I have fe ...more
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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
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I had a craving for a mystery with a young sleuth, and this one did not disappoint. It did pull the rug out from under me, however.
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Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels
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Not my favorite of Michaels, but quite fun. (Especially all the scenes with Peggy.)
The Children's Home by Charles Lambert
"I reread the last 50 pages twice and I still didn't understand what happened. But it was eerie and atmospheric and worked its way into my brain. "
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The Children's Home by Charles Lambert
The Children's Home
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I was immediately captivated by this story and even though I'm left with questions/confusion upon finishing it, I found it deeply satisfying. I would love to see it adapted to film. (Guillermo del Toro, what think you?)
The Children's Home by Charles Lambert
"I picked this book up at the library knowing nothing about it, and barely put it down again. I came to Goodreads briefly to mark down that I was reading it, and I was pretty disheartened by the low ratings. I powered through, however, and I'm so g..." Read more of this review »
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“What about that graveyard just down the road? Are all the Hilliards buried there?"

"Just the dead ones.”
Sonia Gensler, Ghostlight

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Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Dear Sonia,

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :)
I am looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,
Genie


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