- Huge, huge fan of Chris Bohjalian’s books.
I also recommend:
- The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
- Room by Emma Donoghue
Summary from GoodReads:
Chip and Emily Linton wanted to escape a nightmare. Months before, Chip had ditched the jet he piloted into Lake Champlain after both its engines failed. His decision led to disaster: More than three dozen passengers died and Linton himself had lapsed into a PSTD response that verges on insanity. Now, he, his wife, and twin 10-year-old daughters have escaped, or so they think, to a decrepit Victorian mansion in New Hampshire’s sleepy White Mountains. Before long, however, the house and neighborhood around it become scenes of threatening paranormal visitations and the family is thrust into a realm where uncertainty is the only norm.
I’m not usually a ghost-story type of girl, but when Chris Bohjalian puts a book out, I read it.
The Night Strangers is the story of a man who is not Captain Sully, of the infamous Hudson River Plane Landing. It’s the story of Chip, a man who attempted a water landing in a plane he was piloting and subsequently lost the bulk of the passengers and crew on board.
What is unique about this book is the tools Bohjalian uses to tell the story. Each character in Chip’s family has a voice, but Chip’s voice is in the 2nd person. Bohjalian makes you, the reader, his voice. He puts you in Chips shoes. The result? Mindblowingly messed-up.
Witchcraft, alchemy, ghosts, mental disorders, strained family relationships, loss, grief, hope, survival – it all exists within the pages of The Night Strangers. I was unable to put this one down and just gripped onto the sides of my Kindle, desperately reading to find out what happens next.
For fans of Bohjalian’s psychological thrillers, you won’t want to miss this one. Put it on your list – like me, you won’t regret it.
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