When Hilton was just a boy, his grandmother sacrificed her life to save him from drowning. Thirty years later, he begins to suspect that he was never meant to survive that accident, and that dark forces are working to rectify that mistake. ...more
Firstly, I'm going to address the reviews that complain that this book isn't "horror". Y ...more
I bought this book years and years ago and I’m glad The Ladies of Horror Fiction finally forced me to unearth it, blow off the dust and read all of its pages. This book was their featured Community Wide Readalong and it was a good time. You should all join in on the next one.
When Hilton was seven he foun ...more
The Between is a book with what is, in my opinion, an unfortunate cover. Maybe because it was published in 1995—who knows what was go ...more
The Between is a story about Hilton James, a man who loves his family, his powerhouse of a wife, and his job as the director of a drug rehab center. The problem is that he isn’t supposed to be alive—he should have drowned when he was just a boy, but he was saved in the nick of time by his grandmother.
First come the threats against his wife and family, then come the dreams—the bad ones. Then it seems like his wh ...more
There were so many layers to The Between and they were all expertly woven together. It's a relatively short book at a little less than 300 pages. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say this is an excellent ...more
The Between tells the story of Hilton James, a man who suffers from a severe sleep disorder - and vivid, often terrifying dreams. As the line between reality and his dreams blur, Hilton's storybook life begins to crumble. He even begins to question his sanity. But when his family is placed in very real danger, Hilton fears something other-worldy is happening to him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Due is ...more
SO - this is a DEBUT novel. WHAT?!? The level of craft in writing, world-building, ...more
Tananarive Due, y'all. OMG! How have I not read any of her work until now? I am so glad to begin with The Between - as it was a hauntingly poignant story full of grief, loss, death, marriage, family, race, anger, mental health, acceptance, and more. The book covers real-life horror of people - the fact that it was written in the mid-90s and so much resonates and rings true to this day is horror enough. The Between also has a supernatural element ...more
so many doorways. between the world of ...more
The Ladies of Horror Fiction chose this book as a readalong pick for Women in Horror Month and Black History Month, and I'm so happy this is the book we read. The Between was my introduction to Tananarive Due, and I was so impressed by her debut novel.
I'm not going to say very much in this review because you should just read it. I don't want to give anything away. This story is a haunting descent into madness, and I was thinking about it ...more
(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)
This one wasn’t even remotely on my radar before it ...more
Hilton was seven when his grandmother died, and it was a bad time. But it was worse when she died again..."I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Due writes in vivid detail without overloading the page and her grasp of pace and tension are top-notch. I couldn't put the book down: I just had to know how it would all turn out.
The characters were t...more
I think I found another favorite author.
Due’s writing is excellent. I think this is what it is called “beautiful prose.” The story rather progressed slow, but characters were well written.
I was reading this book before I went to sleep every night, which I regret a little. I rather wanted to read this one with one sitting!
I bought this used book, which contains the author’s message and sign for “Max”. The message says “Never forget you dreams!” After reading this book, the word “drea ...more
Hilton was a boy when his grandma died saving him from drowning. 30 years later, he has a job, a house and a beautiful family. But when his wife, a new and only African-American county judge receives death threats, Hilton starts having nightmares and ...more
The opening premise with his grandmother is spooky and unique. As a horror movie enthusiast (I really do want to go harder on books, but movies seem to be the perfect medium for horror), I hadn't ever seen anything quite like the opening scene with his grandmother.
We skip into the fu ...more
Fast forward - the boy is now a man with a f ...more
Hilton James shouldn't be alive, but he is. His near drowning as a child has affected his whole life and he suffers from horrible dreams about that day. His dreams are al ...more
I am running out of her books to read.... What’s a fangirl to do?
The Between is Tananarive Due’s first novel, published in 1995. Its protagonist is Hilton James who, as a young boy, almost drowns, but is rescued by his grandmother. The undertow takes her instead. James is adopted by an aunt and uncle and, once grow ...more