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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Book Review: The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff

My first ghost story novel of the year.

I loved horror stories as a young child through my adult years. But as I've gotten older -- and remember, I just celebrated a birthday -- I haven't been as gung-ho about reading these horror stories. However, seeing this one, regarded as a 'ghost story', kind of softened the idealogy of a horror story, so I decided this would be ideal for my first one in a long time.

I have to say that this was a very good ghost story to read. This is the first book for the screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff. She writes so well. So descriptive is her writing that I envisioned every character, every room, every setting. I loved it. I don't recall being so engrossed with the 'environment' of a book from my previous reads as this one.

The story focuses on college student, Robin, an outsider, who stays behind during Thanksgiving break. Soon, other students emerge, who have also chosen to stay behind during the break, and then enter a Ouija board, and well, then the thrills begin.

Although I didn't get too wrapped up in being afraid -- there are moments that are pretty spooky -- the ultimate delight was just her writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the 'beat' of her book and look forward to the next one.

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