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The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
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Aug 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror, reading-list-2011, best-of-2011, 2011
Read from August 06 to 09, 2011

What begins as the story of a pilot dealing with severe PTSD morphs into an atmospheric horror novel. The pilot and his wife, Chip and Emily Linton, move their family to a rambling Victorian house in a small New England town hoping to rebuild their lives after the crash of one of Chip's flights in which nearly all the passengers die. But Chip finds a strange door in the basement sealed with 39 six-inch long carriage bolts. Mysterious enough, but it is also the exact number of passengers who died in the crash. As Chip's mental state deteriorates and he begins seeing ghosts, his wife and children cope with the town's rather odd group of self-proclaimed herbalists. Why are the herbalists so interested in the two girls, and why do they want to give Emily and the girls new names? Truly creepy, right down to the final twist. One of my favorite books of the year.

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