Rated Reads

The Night Strangers

by Chris Bohjalian

Rated: Moderate

If you’re looking for something a little different to read, this fast-paced, heart-pounding ghost story by best-selling author Chris Bohjalian is a great choice.

Long forgotten, in the dank corner of a basement in an old Victorian home, is a small door, sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. When Chip Linton, his wife and twin daughters move in hoping to rebuild their lives after Chip, an airplane pilot, had to ditch his jet in a lake, resulting in the deaths of several passengers, Chip becomes obsessed with the door. Why? Because exactly 39 of his passengers died in that crash.

This book is a great psychological thriller. Bohjalian’s writing is sharp and he delves so deep into his characters’ minds that it is both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. The story was not exactly what I expected, but was still satisfying and entertaining. The best part was the clever, unexpected ending.

Rated: Moderate. A few mild swear words, one brief, mildly descriptive sex scene and one short scene of a woman kissing another woman.

— Reviewed by Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5.

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