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The Purgatorium: The Purgatorium Series, Book One

The Purgatorium: The Purgatorium Series, Book One

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by Eva Pohler

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Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is surprised when her parents let her go with her friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. They haven't let her out of their sight since last New Year's Eve, when she could no longer stand the way they looked at her.

Her sister would still be alive if it weren't for Daphne.

Her friend, Cam,


Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is surprised when her parents let her go with her friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. They haven't let her out of their sight since last New Year's Eve, when she could no longer stand the way they looked at her.

Her sister would still be alive if it weren't for Daphne.

Her friend, Cam, takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. Daphne decides she will have one last "hurrah" before she finishes what she started last New Year's Eve. However, things seldom go as planned...

The resort is beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing. The only thing missing is the boyfriend who left her when she could no longer love anyone. Then strange things begin to happen on the island that soon have Daphne running for her life. She eventually learns that her parents have sent her for experimental "suicide therapy," but when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.

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Novelist and nonfiction writer Pohler (The Calibans, 2015, etc.) kicks off a new YA series with the story of Daphne, a girl who can't wait to die—until it becomes a very real possibility.One slip of her mother's tongue was all it took for teenage Daphne to shoulder the blame for her sister Kara's death. When she attempts a guilt-fueled suicide on New Year's Eve, her parents send her on a "vacation" to an island where she sees ghosts, hears her name whispered in the darkness, and encounters a string of people who don't seem quite right. Daphne gets the feeling that "everyone around her [is] acting." It turns out her parents dumped her in an extreme experimental program run by the questionable Dr. Hortense Gray, who claims to "give hope to family members with depressed and suicidal loved ones when no one else can." Pohler lets Daphne enjoy a few beats of trust here and there as her closest friends and family join her on the island, but Daphne slowly begins to wonder if they're really there to help her or to hurt her. The author ably balances the teenager's suffering with her slowly growing will to live. But everything comes crashing down when one of Dr. Gray's therapeutic "games" goes terribly wrong and Daphne is left to fend for herself on the most remote part of the island. Ultimately, the real experiment may not be about Daphne's healing as it is whether she's willing to inflict the same confusion and pain she received on others. Spooky touches like the whispering voices in the woods and Daphne's likeness appearing in a painting in Dr. Gray's office steadily build tension and supply chills. Readers must wait for the sequel to learn whether Daphne emerges triumphant or falls into a spiraling cycle of revenge and retribution.Flashes of creepiness enhance this island-set YA thriller.

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Eva Pohler
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Purgatorium Series , #1
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I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats (Katniss and Prim, of course). I'm also an avid reader and book reviewer. I've always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. My favorite authors are Tracy Chevalier, Ann Patchett, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, and Stephanie Meyer. I have too many to name, but those are a handful of them. When I'm not spending time with the family, working, reading, or writing, I can be found watching The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle, and NCIS. I love to interact with readers and have recently added features to my website at http://www.evapohler.com with this in mind. If you email me your art and/or stories based on The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, or on Greek mythology in general, I will post them on my website for others to enjoy. I have also added a short video on the Olympians and a fun Jeopardy Game to test your knowledge. Please visit my website for more details. Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my writing!

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The Purgatorium: The Purgatorium Series, Book One 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TattoodNerd More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!!!! I mean really just WOW, if I could give this book a 100 star rating I would. when I first started it I thought where is this going. It turns out it may be one of the best books I've read. It includes love, loss, humor, suspense. Amazing characters that completely solidify the story line and plot. I can't even put into words the emotional rollercoaster this book contains. Eva you are an extremely talented writer and I'm honored I was one of the first to get to read this triumphant story!I cant even begin to explain what this book means to me personally. Daphne make me feel like Im not alone, the story gives me a reason to keep trying and to learn to have faith in those I love. Ive never in my life been able to pick 1 single book as my favorite, and though I have MANY books I love. If I had to choose only 1 book or die it would be this one. This one seems to hit home and strick a cord in me. Fantastic writing, and fantasic stoyline this book is a HUGE winner that should all read. I even think it should be used by therapists, instead of going over an over the persons thought show them a fiction story with their mind set and the will to want to live winning out triumphantly! Eva you take the cake my dear, CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!! :)
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This story had me hooked from the first chapter.  This suspenseful and exciting story had me guessing and running alongside the main character, engaged in an unimaginable journey.  Pohler’s seamless writing and engaging storyline make it very easy to immerse yourself in this atypical story.  She presents a well-developed history and mythology of the island that the characters find themselves on.  It all combines into an in-depth story that’s intensely enjoyable while making you think.   I really enjoyed the gradual character development, as opposed to a large information dump.  You get to know the characters well and personally without feeling like you’ve read their biography.  It all seems so natural.  You also get to know the main character even more closely because you are on a journey of self-discovery with her.   My overall thoughts?  Oh.  My.  Gods.  Could you just imagine?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And twisted. It reminded me of the old ScoobyDoo episodes that would have people dressed up like ghosts to scare people. Probably wont be getting the next book in the series. Kinda immature story. Maybe suited for younger teens?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story kept me entertaned her books are diffrent and entertaning already bought book two
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