Delia and her family have moved into a new house in Pennsylvania that the locals call Hysteria Hall. Very quickly, Delia learns one of the dark secrets of the Hall and realizes that her family is in grave danger. She has to find a way to save her sister, parents, and perhaps herself.
This book was really good. It showed how people who have passed may still linger on in ways that are not visible to us. I was not expecting the twist that came a little bit into the book. It was shocking but a clever way to continue the story. If you like reading about ghosts but don’t want to be scared, I would recommend this book to you.
Submitted by: Cathy D.
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Mats Wahl’s The Invisible, published in 2007, tells the story of Hilmer Eriksson, a boy who has gone missing. Exceptional soccer player, exceptional student, exceptional son and boyfriend—Hilmer wouldn’t have any enemies, would he? Through the eyes of Detective Harald Fors, we retrace the events leading up to Hilmer’s disappearance in a race against time to save him.
The imagery and storytelling are phenomenal. Wahl has a way of painting pictures with words, describing simple scenes in extraordinary ways. The vignettes are common but haunting, with a chill factor that stems from the existence of the objects themselves. I was quite impressed with the depth of the book, having previously watched the American remake of the Swedish film adaptation. However, The Invisible is a slightly lacking on the action expected of a crime novel or a mystery.
Bottom Line: I give the book a three out of five.
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Submitted by: Caroline C.
Set in New Orleans, Violin follows Triana Becker, a recent widow. An ardent lover of classical music,
Triana copes with the loss of her husband the only way that she knows how: by listening to Beethoven. Even better, the ghost of one of Beethoven’s star pupils shows up on her doorstep to comfort her.
This book, published in 1998, is an excellent read for those familiar with Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and newcomers to her work alike. The pervading sense of doom and melancholy is tangible, and the tension is delicious.
Bottom Line: Fraught with emotion, this compelling, sumptuous work of fiction earns a 4.5 out of five.
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Submitted by Caroline C.