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Boston District Attorney Will Sullivan dreams of becoming the next governor of Massachusetts. With his beautiful wife, Joanna, and adorable daughter, Sydney, Will seems destined for greatness…until Sydney becomes seriously ill. Now both parents resolve to do anything to save their daughter’s life.

But in the twilight world of the Briarwood Medical Center, nothing is as it s

Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by San Cai (first published February 2008)
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Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I read The Harrowing a couple years ago and liked it well enough. The author has a way of writing that makes it super easy to 'see' the story, probably owing to her background as a screenwriter. So when I came upon this book on one of my dollar store trips I grabbed it up, pretty confident I'd get an entertaining story. It didn't disappoint. The ending perhaps wasn't very climactic, but it was the sort of ending that leaves room for you to wonder. There's still a sense of danger looming. And yet ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When extremely ill children suffer through pain, fear and isolation anything that springs them back to life is considered a miracle. Charismatic District Attorney Will Sullivan is making his way though the corrupted world of politics when his race to be Massachusetts governor is stopped short by his five year old daughter's sudden illness. Sydney develops a tumor that is malignant, growing each day and engulfing her tiny body, reducing her to a sheer copy of the bubbly, happy girl she used to be ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Edited to add some constructive critique. I should always wait at least three hours after reading a book to review it!

I read this book in one day. It had been sitting in my Kindle from a free download and I was attempting to clear out free downloads that I didn't want to read by starting them and if they were not instantly interesting, deleting them. After throwing a few out, I was completely taken in by this one.

Paranormal thrillers often get me going with the chills and thrills and then disap
Shawn Davis
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of innuendo. Scary innuendo that had me imagining a bad guy reminiscent of the preacher in the movie Poltergeist II. So much so, in fact, that I half expected to come upon a refrain of, "God is IN! His holy temple..."

That refrain never showed up, but it definitely created the uncomfortably creepy atmosphere as I wondered if Sokoloff's main character, unbelievably perfect Will Sullivan, was really experiencing outside the bounds of the normal world or if he was finally showing a cr
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars -- What would YOU give for a miracle?

DA Will Sullivan is on the brink of becoming governor of Massachusetts when his 5-year-old daughter, Sydney, develops inoperable pancreatic blastoma. Terminally ill and with no likelihood of a cure, Sydney is fading fast. Will and his wife, Joanna, spend every second at the hospital begging for a miracle. Endless days and sleepless nights take a toll on the couple and Will starts seeing some very creepy goings on while roaming the medical c
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second book by Alexandra Sokoloff. She's a very talented and also skillful author. She knows her craft well. The book is very visual, I didn't want to skip any descriptions, but actually waited for them. Suspense all the way to the end even though I knew what is the main idea. The book is deep, philosophical, religious, but not preachy. Even though I was a little disappointed at the end, I really enjoyed this book. Amazing.
Emily Crow
A quick, easy read but rather predictable, about what people would be willing to trade in order to save their loved ones. My least favorite book by this author; I would definitely recommend starting with The Unseen or The Harrowing instead.
May 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sophomoric. Grishamesque. Ugh.
Alisha Marie
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, gothic
Okay, let me first start out by saying that I am fairly new to the "horror" genre. I've only read about six or seven horror novels in my lifetime and those were all within a year (2008-2009 year, in fact). There were some that I didn't find scary at all (yes, Amityville Horror, I'm glaring at you), but the majority of them I thought were great.

Alexandra's Sokoloff's "The Harrowing" (her first novel) was one of the great ones. I thought it was incredibly creepy and frankly, it scared the crap out
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is the price of desperation? In our darkest hour, when it seems impossible to change the course of some terrible path or fate, be it death, disease, poverty or pain in our lives, what price are we willing to pay, whether consciously or unconsciously? I would give anything… We’ve all whispered those words at one point or another when we have reached our breaking point, when the world simply seems too much of a weight to bear and the pain too great to survive. However, upon reflection, one mu ...more
The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff
Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2008
3.5 Stars

District Attorney Will Sullivan was born with a silver spoon. He's been raised and groomed to go far in politics, but during his campaign for governor of Massachusetts , the unimaginable happens. Sydney, his daughter, is diagnosed with non-operable cancer. Only a miracle can save her.

Joanne, his wife, is determined to have a miracle no matter the cost; even as their daughter's life shrivels away. And he won't los
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
This was a quick very suspenseful read. It read more like a movie, which makes sense being that the Author is also a screenwriter. This is not my normal read, because it is barely ever done right. Usually the build is good until half way through then it falls apart and gets weird and the ending is pretty much always a let down but no this one! It starts moving and doesn't stop. it has short chapters and something is always happening. Although I could guess most of this is was still an interestin ...more
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of “The Price” by Alexandra Sokoloff , November 24, 2013

I downloaded this book for my Kindle in March 2012 and started to read it but put it down and I can’t say exactly why. This month, November 2013, I selected it when I had nothing in mind to read. I started to read it and it was familiar yet unfamiliar. It was like de je vu experience, but I could not remember if I ever read the book before. I kept reading it until I was sure it was a new experience, never conne
Guy Haley
Gubernatorial candidate spirals down the rabbit hole of insanity. Or does he?

Sokoloff is the latest in a long line of novelists with screenwriting aspirations. As such, it’s easy to see The Price unfold like a glossy, mid-range Hollywood chiller in your noggin. Though in this case, that’s no bad thing.

Boston DA Will Sullivan is born of politico stock, and is on his way to the very top. But his daughter, Sydney, lies dying of cancer in the monstrous Briarwood hospital complex, and his wife is goi
What price would you pay to save a loved one? Is death sometimes better than the alternative? These are the questions posed by Alexandra Sokoloff in her novel, The Price. An affluent politician, Will Sullivan, and his wife Joanna have their lives flipped upside-down when their young daughter is suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer. The family drops everything and moves to the cancer ward at the Briarwood Medical Center. Sullivan hasn't slept in days and frequently roams the lonely hospital ha ...more
Jennifer Arnold
I saw this reviewed in Creative Loafing, and found the concept intriguing and, hey, she's a fellow North Carolinian. The Price is the story of Will Sullivan, a Boston DA who's run for governor is almost derailed by his daughter Sydney's aggressive and inoperable cancer. Stressed, sleepless, and literally living in the hospital, Will begins to experience a series of strange events which lead him to fear for both his own sanity and that of the wife he adores, Joanna, a devoted mother with a horrif ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always on the lookout for novels that are truly scary without having to resort to unnecessary gore. I happened upon Alexandra Sokoloff's first novel The Harrowing, and it was exactly the kind of read that I was looking for, and I instantly became a fan of hers. I picked up The Price the day it was released, and once again, Ms. Sokoloff has shown readers how truly adept she is at creating atmospheric thrillers. The pace was fast and well-plotted, and the character development of Will Sullivan ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely interesting novel set in the great hospital complex in Boston, MA, where gubernatorial candidate Will's daughter is being treated for an aggressive gastric cancer. Will keeps encountering a mysterious man in the halls as he paces through the hospital during his daughter's treatments, and he sees the same man speaking to families with the most severely ill children, some of whom miraculously recover shortly thereafter. Trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and track the man down, W ...more
Michelle (meshe)
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Read this one as a part of Bookcrossing's Can't decide what to read forum topic. April's theme is money! But this price really has nothing to do with money, does it?
Will Sullivan is from a political family, he's a DA and he's running for Governor of Massachusetts. His daughter Sidney has an inoperable tumor and is on her last chance of experimental treatment. His wife is an abuse survivor and she'll do anything to keep her daughter alive. Enter the tall, dark man who shows up around people who a
Dee DenBleyker
Normally I tend to not like medical types of stories but because Ms. Sokoloff is such a brilliant writer I decided to give this one a go and I am definitely glad I did.

Here the writer tells a story of a family dealing with the worse form of horror.....the pending loss of a beloved child. What would you do as a parent to save your child? Would you be willing to pay any price? Any price at all? Joanna Sullivan was willing to do whatever it took to save her daughter Sydney from a malignant tumor t
Aniko Carmean
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hell is a the children's cancer ward. Hell is losing someone you love. Hell is a rotunda where Sisyphus and Tantalus continue their eons of suffering.

Hell is marked by a red line that leads to Salk's office.

In The Price, Sokoloff weaves dread and suspense into a fabric of pure horror. You might not want a tee-shirt made of it, but when it comes to a horror novel, this particular blend is a perfect fit. Sokoloff's background is as a screenwriter, and occasionally this shows in an excess of stage-
Okay so finished this little medical/psychological thriller in just under two days and was okay impressed..The premise involves a born politician Will, next in line for the seat of govenor of Massachussetts and a glimpse in his charmed life, beautiful wife and precocious daughter..they have it made until the daughter develops a tumor, cancer and is ultimately dying without a miracle..This book traces Will as he grieves, contemplates, investigates and finally stumbles upon the secret within his d ...more
I have read other books by Alexandra Sokoloff and enjoyed most of them ( except 'Book of Shadows'). I was certainly not disappointed with this one.
The atmosphere was great, very creepy and compelling throughout. You could really feel the terror of the parents praying not to lose their child and the unease of this stranger who keeps popping up with promises and deals.
The story ended up on a slightly upbeat note but still with unease lurking in the background as it remains open as to what could
Vince Liaguno
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the only thing scarier than the horrors of hospitals is the Democratic debate over universal healthcare. But while Clinton and Obama square off against each other on the national political front, the characters that populate Alexandra Sokoloff’s sublime second novel, The Price, find themselves waged in war against the devil himself. With hints of the ghostly doings of Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital set against the larger political backdrop of The Omen films, The Price is a at once a sup ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm entirely unsure about what I should rate this one, but I think three is accurate enough. There was just an uneasy feel to this book that made it slightly unpleasant for me. I realize it's categorized as 'horror' and is supposed to be creepy, but I just didn't think it was a very enjoyable or suspense-filled experience. Will Sullivan is making his way up the ranks of the political world when his young daughter is diagnosed with cancer. The story follows Will as he fears the loss of both his d ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I usually really like Sokoloff novels - this one not so much
I don;t know if it was the book - or me
The events take place in a hospital where Will is a well-known Massachusetts politician bound for the Governor's Mansion. His beautiful wife Joanna endured horrible abuse as a child but seems to have put it all behind her. The family leads the perfect, charmed life - until their beloved daughter Sydney is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Not surprisingly, Will and Joanna vow to do absolutely anythin
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

You know how horror fiction can frustrate when a character does something that no logical person would do? "Don't stay the night in that creepy-ass house!" Or: "don't separate in the woods when the killer is loose!" In this story, Sokoloff posits a dilemma whose solution is obvious, then leads her protagonist through a series of trials and crises that throw this pivotal decision into doubt. It's brilliantly played and well-written and I really dug it.

More thoughts:

I found this titl
Jul 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
It looks as though most of what I've been reading this month has been fairly mediocre. I must say, I was pretty disappointed with this book. Alexandra Sokoloff was originally a screen play writer, and this book, like her first novel, reads like a movie. However, The Price was missing the imagery of the first novel, and made an already confusing setting even more confusing. I think that the characters were supposed to carry this novel; but I felt nothing for them (even though their little girl wa ...more
Ted Ryan
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an interesting read - I think the reason I struggled with this book was because the story was so complex and I wasn't reading this consistently, it's one of those novels that you need to focus on every little detail.

The characters were interesting and well developed, Joanna's character was the most complex and intriguing - all the main and supporting characters were connected, the mystery of it was very cleverly revealed as the story concluded.

A great mystery/thriller and raises a very int
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't quite the page-turner that The Harrowing was, but I enjoyed the premise of the story, very interesting. It explores the price people will pay in order to save those they love, making a deal with the devil, so to speak, or, in this story, a mysterious man named Salk. The ending was unsatisfactorily open-ended for my taste. What price did Will Sullivan have to pay for his family, for his success, what favor did Salk ask of him in the end? I guess the point of the open-ending was t ...more
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I'm the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the new Thriller Award- nominated Huntress/FBI thriller series: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon. Bitter Moon, Hunger Moon. The New York Times Book Review has called me "a daugh ...more
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