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The Harrowing (A Ghost Story) (English Edition) de [Sokoloff, Alexandra]
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""Poltergeist" meets "The Breakfast Club.""--"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] pyrotechnic climax...a cinematic finale."--"Publishers Weekly""A real page-turner, a first novel of unusual promise."--Ira Levin, author of "Rosemary's Baby""" "Fast, original, and genuinely creepy."--F. Paul Wilson, author of "Midnight Mass""" "Pulsates with a fear factor that starts early and doesn't stop until the last page." --"Florida"" Sun-Sentinel" "Absolutely gripping...It is easy to imagine this as a film...Once started, you won't want to stop reading." --"The Times" (UK)"" "An eerie ghost story that captivates readers from page one. The author creates an element of suspense that builds until the chillingly believable conclusion. Four stars." --"Romantic Times Book Reviews" "Alexandra Sokoloff conjures up a demon older than time and humanity and yet rooted in modern psychology. She brings all her skills as a screenwriter to a tale of supernatural terror as swift as a film."--Ramsey Campbell, author of "The Overnight" "Good, engrossing fun." --"Booklist" "Sokoloff's debut novel is a furiously paced, deftly plotted joy, bursting at the seams with disquieting imagery and carrying a disturbingly dark undercurrent. It gave me a nightmare...and that's rare."--Tim Lebbon, author of "Dusk" ""The Harrowing" is more than an impressive debut novel; it is an impressive work, period...Highly recommended." --BookReporter.com "A top-notch gripping ghost story from the first page." --"New Mystery Reader" "Sokoloff's screenplay training pays off with this economical and very scary tale of five alienated teens who get caught up in forces far, far beyond their control, but she scores extra points for the biblical twist that really ratchets up the tension." --Sarah Weinman "You won't be able to put this gripping page-turner down." --"Bookloons" "A wild and frightening journey that explores an evil that most of us might not know about." --"Fu

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---- Nominated for the Bram Stoker and Anthony Award for Best First Novel ----

Baird College's Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of the last home-bound students heading off for Thanksgiving break, and Robin Stone swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. Or perhaps it's only gathering itself for the coming weekend.

As a massive storm dumps rain on the isolated campus, four other lonely students reveal themselves: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and finally Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.

The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of a sixth presence disturbing the ominous silence that pervades the building. Are they the victims of a simple college prank taken way too far, or is the unusual energy evidence of something genuine---and intent on using the five students for its own terrifying ends? It's only Thursday afternoon, and they have three long days and dark nights before the rest of the world returns to find out what's become of them. But for now it's just the darkness keeping company with five students nobody wants and no one will miss.

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Reviews:

"Poltergeist meets The Breakfast Club as five college students tangle with an ancient evil presence. Plenty of sexual tension... quick pace and engaging plot."
--- Kirkus Reviews

'Absolutely gripping...It is easy to imagine this as a film...Once started, you won't want to stop reading'
---London Times

'Sokoloff's debut novel is an eerie ghost story that captivates readers from page one. The author creates an element of suspense that builds until the chillingly believable conclusion."'
--Romantic Times

What better thing could strangers isolated in a big, near-deserted building while a raging storm takes out the electricity and compels the use of flickering candles possibly discover than an ancient, charred Ouija board? The previously unacquainted in question are five students sitting out Thanksgiving weekend in a 100-year-old residence hall. And that Ouija board turns wicked, of course, when it manifests a ghost named Zachary, who turns the place into a chaotic battleground for the forces of evil versus cosmic goodness and light. What seemed a sick joke one of the five was playing on the others has morphed into a situation in which no one can be trusted. Sokoloff sustains pace and suspense while encouraging the reader to identify with Robin, a young woman from a poor, alcohol-ravaged family, who yearns for acceptance. Will she get it from the all-American jock she lusts for; the slutty tease; the quiet, intellectual rabbi's son; and the brooding musician who are her companions for this scary ordeal? Good, engrossing fun.

--- Booklist, Whitney Scott (© American Library Association)

"The Harrowing is a real page-turner, a first novel of unusual promise."
---Ira Levin

"The Harrowing is a find: fast, original, and genuinely creepy."
---F. Paul Wilson

"Alexandra Sokoloff conjures up a demon older than time and humanity and yet rooted in modern psychology. She brings all her skills as a screenwriter to a tale of supernatural terror as swift as a film."
---Ramsey Campbell

"Sokoloff's debut novel is a furiously paced, deftly plotted joy, bursting at the seams with disquieting imagery and carrying a disturbingly dark undercurrent. It gave me a nightmare…and that's rare."
---Tim Lebbon

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About the Author

ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning author of THE UNSEEN, THE PRICE, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN, THE HARROWING and the Huntress FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON). She is a produced screenwriter and the author of the writing workbooks SCREENWRI

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  • Editor: Murderati Ink (9 de diciembre de 2011)
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Amazon.com: 4.1 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 132 opiniones
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas One of the best ghost/horror novels I've ever read! 29 de septiembre de 2015
Por oldcollegecoed - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I never rate books, generally because I'm too busy to spend the time necessary to write a decent review. This time I felt compelled to write about this uniquely intriguing tale which quickly makes the reader care deeply about the characters. They are so well written and authentic, they felt real to me. I had a personal connection with them. The story itself was ingenious...so different than the usual ghost story, and I cannot recommend it enough. I'd hoped to see a sequel listed, but none yet. I hate to think that I'll never have another opportunity to check in on Robin and her newfound friends!
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Not wildly original, but pleasantly paced and readable 15 de enero de 2013
Por Desert Mambo - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
My title says it all--this certainly is not a great book, and is not terribly original, but it was well written, well-paced, and engaging enough to keep my attention, so I enjoyed reading it and felt like it was worth the $3 I paid for the kindle version.

I described this to a friend as The Breakfast Club meets The Haunting of Hill House, and it's something like that: a group of teens, some angst-ridden, and a haunted dorm. True, the teens were pretty much types: the depressed girl, the jock, the slut, the musician, the nerd. But they were still well developed enough as characters that I became interested in them and concerned for them.

The plot is pretty basic, though the writer does a good job of bringing in a lot of interesting horror story elements: ghosts (or not?), Ouija boards, possession, etc, and the book is wonderfully atmospheric. Often, in a book like this which is not a new tale, what I'm interested in is the way the writer plays with tradition--adding her own touches to something done before. I liked the way she played with weather (dark and stormy nights, but she made her descriptions much more original) and with the elements of haunting and possession. And the book is well paced. Honestly, I wasn't going to buy it after reading some of the reviews, but I read the sample chapter and found I wanted to know what happened to the characters, so I got it, and I meant to take this book to read on a trip, but found I'd compulsively consumed it all before I ever left! So the writer gets good marks for pacing and plotting that makes you want to continue reading, even if it's not new ground.

There was a lot of willing suspension of disbelief for me in this novel, though. There were so many things that just didn't ring true (an odd thing to say about a horror novel, I know, when being "realistic" is not the point). There appeared to be no adults supervising the dorms at the college, and no employees there at all. I kept thinking how so many of things were a lawsuit waiting to happen : fireplaces, leaving students entirely unattended over a break, and of course, the fact that the police let suspects go without a real questioning. Power was out sometimes, though apparently there was still a "blue glow" from the laundry room--how would that be if the power was out? I decided just to let go of all those things, and go with the story, and that made it enjoyable.

At least it was well written enough on a sentence level that I would be willing to read more of this writer's work, and it was very readable. So not a great book, but not bad if you can pick it up cheap or at your library, and if you enjoy classic horror that is more about atmosphere and tension that is about gore and shock value. I like those kind of books, myself, so I found it worth reading.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Alexandra Sokoloff is my new favorite author! The Harrowing is about a college student ... 2 de noviembre de 2016
Por Kindle Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Alexandra Sokoloff is my new favorite author! The Harrowing is about a college student whose name is Robin. It's Thanksgiving break and she is planning on taking a different path for her life. Little does she know, 4 other students are also planning to stay in the dorm...or is it 5? If it is 5, is it another living person? I could not put this book down!! I would say it's like a paranormal thriller. I will warn you that there is some anti-Semitic writing that I personally found a bit offensive, HOWEVER; I LOVED this book and plan to read it again!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas mystical happenings 24 de junio de 2013
Por L. .G. avid reader - Publicado en Amazon.com
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It seems to be another YA type book
But I really enjoyed it - for what it was
The build-up is superb as five misfit/unusual students, staying at Baird College for the Thanksgiving break, find an ouija board and strange things begin to happen.

Is someone playing tricks or have these students actually contacted someone from "beyond," specifically a young man who died years before in a fire at the school?

The tension mounts as the "odd" group of students begin to form alliances and try to figure out what is happening to them. Did they "release" a tortured soul trying to affect some kind of closure, or has a more malevolent force been unleashed, or is someone in the group just playing a joke on them?

I found myself really caring about these young people and being pulled into their struggle. The information on the Kabbalah and other Jewish folklore is fascinating - especially considering I do study Kabbalah
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An evil let loose 29 de abril de 2017
Por Suze - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
This was a good book and kept me involved wanting more. However I was a bit disappointed with the ending as I felt the hero who saved them was left, via media, to look like the murderer albeit out of his mind.
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