The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian


From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain after double engine failure. Unlike the Miracle on the Hudson, however, most of the passengers aboard Flight 1611 die on impact or drown. The body count? Thirty-nine – a coincidence not lost on Chip when he discovers the number of bolts in that basement door. Meanwhile, Emily finds herself wondering about the women in this sparsely populated White Mountain village – self-proclaimed herbalists – and their interest in her fifth-grade daughters. Are the women mad? Or is it her husband, in the wake of the tragedy, whose grip on sanity has become desperately tenuous? The result is a poignant and powerful ghost story with all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian: a palpable sense of place, an unerring sense of the demons that drive us, and characters we care about deeply. The difference this time? Some of those characters are dead.

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  • Liz H.

    I enjoyed reading this selection on a number of levels. Our discussion was lively, as usual. :-)

    October 30

  • Andy H.

    I really didn't like the epilogue ... as I think everyone at the club can attest to. :)

    October 28

  • David K.

    I got my copy today......won't peek until October......

    September 24

  • Lucy

    Just got this from the Library and will read before Oct. What are the discussions like? Format?

    August 16

    • Meagan V.

      We are very informal here. I'll bring some questions to use as conversation starters, but we very easily jump form topic to topic. Generally people say why they did or did not like the book, and we take it from there. We look forward to meeting you!

      August 16

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