Sunday, 25 September 2011

Coming soon: The Night Strangers

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Waterstone's synopsis:
It begins with a door in a dusky corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire. A door that someone has sealed it shut with thirty-nine enormous carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin daughters. Chip was an an airline pilot until he was forced to crash land on a remote lake the jet he was flying after double engine failure. Thirty-nine people aboard Flight 1611 died that day - a coincidence not lost on Chip when he discovers the number of bolts in that basement door ...Meanwhile, his wife is increasingly troubled about the women in this sparsely populated village, self-proclaimed 'herbalists'. Why do they seem excessively interested in her young daughters. Emily is terrified, too, that her husband's grip on sanity seems to have become increasingly tenuous, in the wake of the devastating plane accident.

I've never read anything by Chris Bohjalian before, but I stumbled across this one, which will be released in the UK at the end of this year, and I couldn't help but add it to the wishlist straight away! The first thing that strikes you about the novel is the cover - it stands out and catches your eye, but also communicates to potential readers, that there is something spooky and exciting about the novel. It sounds like an exciting mix of family life, drama, horror and hauntings - everything needed to keep you guessing! I'm also excited about reading this one because it sounds so original and unique - I've never come across a synopsis for a novel quite like this one. A horror novel, but given a new twist - not only is there a possibility of hauntings of a ghostly kind, but there is a suggestion of the 'haunting' that we each experience with guilt.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to be a good one!

The Night Strangers will be published by Simon & Schuster on 22/11/2011 in paperback.
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