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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  28 reviews
2018 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Ever since sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine, she's had nightmares. And not just the usual ones. These are inside her, pulling her, calling her back, drawing her to a door, a house, a place, a time. Full of fear, full of danger. So this summer, Natalie
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Paperback, 212 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Islandport Press (first published September 5th 2017)
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
When I first discovered The Door to January in my mailbox I immediately fell in love with the cover. I am always on the lookout for Young Adult novels that are a quick read and don’t require a long term investment on my end, and this one fit the bill perfectly. The blurb is fairly vague and I wasn’t 100% sure what the book would involve, but I was intrigued and excited to have found a story that felt so different than what is being published in the genre today. Initially I assumed the book had s ...more
Sarah
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Bookmasters and Edelweiss.)

This was a YA story about a girl suffering from nightmares.

Natalie was an okay character, but I found it hard to connect with her.

The storyline in this was about Natalie investigating a recurring dream that she was having by visiting the abandoned house where she believed the dream took place. She visited this house with her cousin Teddy, and set up a recording device which picked up some odd noises/talking,
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Mrs.Morgan
2.5 Stars

So, not as good as Grit. Grit had really great characterization that I felt The Door to January was missing. This is also not my typical read; which wouldn't make it good or bad on its own, but coupled with a few missing pieces, forced the lean to not as good even further.

The Door to January is a paranormal thriller about a girl who cannot escape the town in which she grew up, nor a house that she has a connection to, but can't figure out how or why. This story flips between the "now" a
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Islandportpress
It's not easy to write a thriller that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat but Gillian French does it. She deftly weaves a story that spans time to deliver authentic young adult characters and a believable (nail-biting) plot in a setting that will ring true to small town residents everywhere. You won't be able put this one down.
S.M. Parker
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Door to January is a masterfully crafted thriller, with a slow build that makes you question several timelines at once. Sound confusing? It’s not. In the capable hands of French, the reader is simultaneously thrust into the conflicts—okay, horrors—of the present, recent past and historical past. These timelines are woven into one seamless narrative vine. French’s writing is starkly beautiful and inherently echoes the grounded nature of Mainers. French’s Yankee authenticity sings on every pag ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, 2017
Natalie's family fled Bernier after she and her cousin, Teddy, were attacked at gunpoint by local bullies. She had stayed away for three years, but felt a need to return in order to find out more about the nightmares that had been plaguing her. While back in Bernier, she "reunited" with her attackers, which awakened memories of that terrifying encounter, while also stumbling upon another mystery involving an abandoned house, which seems to call to her.

I really enjoyed this blend of mystery, time
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Kendall • thegeekyyogi
The Door To January is part coming of age, part mystery and part ghost story, oooooo. Considered a paranormal thriller this book has all of the makings for the perfect ghost story! Sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson is being drawn back to the home town her and her parents fled, after a terrible incident occurred, by a barrage of plaguing nightmares. Dangerous and mysterious things are pulling her back to Bernier, Maine, to an abandoned house and disembodied voice which she can no longer ignore. Nat ...more
Angie ☯
The Door to January is a little complicated. Natalie is having nightmares about the past. She goes back to her hometown to confront the nightmares and to try to make sense of them. Through Natalie's dreams and her exploration she finds that her past, the distant past and the present are all linked. This story is her path to understand how they are all linked and to clear up a couple of mysteries in the process.

The ending of the book is interesting; with the final sentence being one that makes yo
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Teresa
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery and ghost story. Must read!
Annette
The Door to January did not give me the thrills I was hoping for.

Natalie has nightmares about a traumatic event that happened two years ago. The nightmares aren't only about this event -- they are pulling her towards an old abandoned house in the town where she used to live. She feels compelled to go back to her old town for the summer and face her fears. She is staying with her aunt and her cousin, Teddy. Teddy is the only one who knows the real reason Natalie has returned.

Natalie and Teddy vis
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Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Natalie moved from her hometown in Maine after an incident where one of her friends was shot, but no one could prove who did the shooting. She comes back for the summer to help her aunt out at her cafe, and also to investigate the nightmares that she is having. Her cousin Todd goes with her to a creepy house that is the setting of these dreams, and the two actually catch some "ghost" conversation on a voice recorder. More than that, Natalie gets sucked into
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Tony
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I seriously struggled to get into and ultimately finish Gillian French’s paranormal thriller “The Door to January” and although two genres were blended together well enough I found myself drifting off whenever central character Natalie had one of her uninvolving dreams. Natalie and her cousin have returned to their old town after a few years away as she feels the nightmares she is plagued by are connected to a violent incident which led her to leaving the town in the first place.

Along the way s
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Lauren
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was between 2.5-3 stars for me. I absolutely loved Grit that came out earlier this year and it's still one of my top favorites from 2017, but this book reads like it was the author's first book she wrote and it didn't get much editing. There was some choppy discussions and descriptions, and it felt like the reader got thrown into a fairly paranormal scenario without much explanation of terms getting thrown around like a "psychic fallout". Side note: what's up with so many YA authors publish ...more
Liz
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick read so not a big time investment. I found the plot intriguing but the writing too fragmented leaving me trying to piece together events too often. It's hard to connect with any if the characters. I will say the story picked up in the second half but still very scattered in my opinion when it didn't have to be.
Laura
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how French managed to fit so much into such a short novel but she did it very successfully. Some of the supernatural elements were a bit cheesy for my tastes, but other parts were legit terrifying. Too many great things not to rate this highly. Would definitely read something else by this author.
Katie
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print-read, ya
Natalie returns to her home town two years after she and her cousin, Teddy, were terrorized in the woods. She has been called back by vivid nightmares of an abandoned farm house. As the pair dive into the house's morbid past, their own past creeps up again.

horror & time travel (science fiction / historical thriller)
16 year old
Takes place in Maine
Monical
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick YA read. The plot is disorganized and disjointed, the characters flat and inconsistent, but the concept is intriguing. According to the flyleaf, this is the author's second YA book-- so I'd say, keep trying!
Meghan Wyrd
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Local local local!!! Loved the story, very spooky and engaging. The hints of romance aided with character development without getting annoying. Love this great addition to Maine literature written by a Mainer.
Amy N
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very intriguing story line, jumping between the two mysteries and how they tied together kept my attention throughout this intense thriller. I havent read a book but Gillian French that i haven't liked. Please write more i love the twist and turns you take the reader on!
Tara
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss-arc
3.5 stars
Nat Bond
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful!
Kelly Sierra
I didn't like the flow of the writing. It is a quick read but the first couple of chapters are boring and almost feels like a first draft.
Hillari
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars
Tonya
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frightening
Paranormal thriller.
Bobbie
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a short enjoyable "thriller" story. If you're looking for a quick thriller to read I'd recommend it.
❤ArtfullySinful❤
A novel full of long buried regrets and a life storming in the background from a foreclosed farmhouse in a small town filled to the breaking point with secrets reaching back centuries.
Jillian Greenawalt
Compact but delightfully well-rounded and a bit spooky.
Caitlin
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When The Door to January begins, Natalie has returned to her hometown in Maine to help her aunt in the local café. She also has other motives for coming back. Natalie has returned to look into the mystery behind a series of nightmares she has had since she left. She also wants to reconcile her life after experiencing a tragic incident. With the help of her cousin Todd, they set out to the eerie house that stands at 25 Morning Glory Lane; the one in Natalie’s nightmares. What they discover throug ...more
Emily
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Gillian French is the author of three novels for teens: GRIT (HarperTeen, THE DOOR TO JANUARY, and THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen, 5/1/2018). Her short fiction has appeared in Odd Tree Press Quarterly, EMP Publishing's anthology Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups): Tales of Extreme Horror, Sanitarium Magazine, and The Realm Beyond. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine, and liv ...more