Caraliza [NOOK Book]

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A seventy-five year old secret waits in a lovely old portrait studio, at the end of a street in New York City's Lower East Side. It is a secret, that drove to madness, a renowned photographer, 'Papa' Menashe Reisman, and left him to waste and die in his own studio, but haunted by every photograph he tries to take. A young Dutch girls haunts those photos. A girl who should not have died.
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Caraliza

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Overview

A seventy-five year old secret waits in a lovely old portrait studio, at the end of a street in New York City's Lower East Side. It is a secret, that drove to madness, a renowned photographer, 'Papa' Menashe Reisman, and left him to waste and die in his own studio, but haunted by every photograph he tries to take. A young Dutch girls haunts those photos. A girl who should not have died.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011108532
  • Publisher: Joel Kirkpatrick
  • Publication date: 9/17/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,290,518
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

When not reading, he is writing. When not writing, he is reading. Author Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick lives with his lovely wife and their two boys in Southwest Colorado.


A novelist with five published works—only four of his books are available as e-books.


Being a fierce supporter of independent and self-publishing, Joel straddles the fence quite well in the industry. He is the current Acquisitions Director for JournalStone Publishing, and is the first contact for authors wishing to be published in the traditional modes.


His motto, which he freely shares as terribly good advice--Authors should write for themselves, then share their work.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Sad, chilling, uplifting

    Author Joel Kirkpatrick pulls us in emotionally from the very first pages of this sad tale of a teenaged Dutch girl sold into servitude and near starvation in an early 20th century New York slum, and the young man who is doomed to save her from her oppressor, and at any cost. Their story spans almost an entire century, full of rich, well-developed characters and paranormal twists that will keep you guessing until the complete mosaic of their life together is revealed in the very last pages. A story that is sad, chilling, and uplifting.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    A Beautiful, Haunting Tale

    The cover of this book is what first drew me. Caraliza, the cover, is haunting, stark and beautiful. I soon found out that Caraliza, the book, is as well. This is a story of brutality, survival, deceit, revenge, and enduring love. Kirkpatrick opens with a brilliant piece of historical fiction. He then effortlessly transitions to the current day, yet we don't lose the characters we've grown to love. They haunt us, as they haunt the pages of the book.

    This isn't a fast-paced thriller, nor is it meant to be. Kirkpatrick takes his time, allowing the story to unfold at its own pace. Suspense, intrigue, despair, mystery, romance, terror, love, tragedy and hope fill these pages. By the end, I felt like I'd come to know the characters as friends. And I was sad to see them go.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    a really great read!

    After reading this book, I found Kirkpatrick's other books and bought them all! They are great too! cj

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    WONDERFUL BOOK

    This is one of the brst books I have read in a long time. I couldn't put it down. It was a love story, ghost story, mystery all rolled into one. Worth the read!

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    This is not a novel, it's not a work of fiction, it's about real

    This is not a novel, it's not a work of fiction, it's about real people, real ghosts. But that's just it... it's not. It is fiction -- at least that what you have to keep telling yourself. When Kirkpatrick writes a novel, he creates such vivid, realistic characters, that the reader would be forgiven for believing the story is real. That's where the elegant twist in this tale lies; Kirkpatrick has written it in such a way as to suggest it actually happened so much so that part of the storyline involves one of the characters writing a book about the events that were told in these pages. Caraliza's haunting photograph graces the cover of the book. This accentuates the idea that she is real. Kirkpatrick once said that he puts angels in his books. Caraliza is one such angel. She appears as a ghost, but her presence is intoxicating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It demands your attention, but it is a book to be digested slowly. It is not written in a fast paced style. The language almost harks back to the classics. I am once again blown away by Kirkpatrick's talent as a master storyteller. I have read another of his books Breathing into Stone, and I fell in love with the characters in that book too. To understand what I mean about Kirkpatrick's writing, you have to experience it. So, do yourself a favour and try one of his books today. You won't regret it. Caraliza is a stunning story about a 75 year old secret, about ghosts that won't go away until their story is told, about love and the power it has to survive over space and time. This is part mystery, part romance, and part ghost story. It is hauntingly beautiful. The ending is perfect. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Caraliza

    This book kept me up quite late a few nights. Although there were some hard to follow spots, I really enjoyed this ghost story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Caraliza

    Very nicely written. Wonderful surprise ending.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    Great book

    This is one of the best books I've read on my Nook. I read it again right after I finished it the first time, only because he had so much information packed in it, I was afraid I had missed some of the crucial descriptions the first time around. Old NYC information, he created images of the city that I could actually visualize. Don't let the cover dissuade you from reading it, you won't be sorry you purchased this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Highly recommended

    The kindness, compassion and love with which Kirkpatrick portrays his characters is light and refreshing. He is able to treat a frightening experience with humor, strength and reason. I look forward to reading anything else he might write.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Like ghost stories?

    An intertwining of two love stories 75 years apart with a story of overt and covert evil and possesion, both ghostly and physical.
    While perhaps melodramatic at times, you feel yourself ever drawn on in the book where very little happens quickly, but builds brick upon brick to the conclusion in the very final pages.
    The occasional missing word or typo is distracting from the overall flow.
    I would highly recommend this to any reader of modern fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Excellent and emotional

    Fantastically written. One of the best books I've read in a long while. The author really draws you in and makes you loves some characters and hate others. It's an emotional journey with a lot of mystery.

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