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Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide ...
Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him.
When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge.
As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.
Posted March 7, 2012
The Weeping is such a great read!! From the very beginning I was on the edge of my seat, just waiting for what was happening next! I connected so easliy with all of the characters. Can't wait for the next book by O'Dell Hutchison!!
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Posted September 6, 2012
THIS BOOK IS SOO GOOD AND I CANT WAIT FOR A NEWWWWW BOOK COMES OUT BY THIS AUOTHR I AM SO HAPPY THAT I GOT TO MEET THIS MAN HE IS AWSOME AND I DINT KNOW THAT HE WAS FORM MY HOME TOWN !!!!!!!!!! LOVE THIS BOOK AND I EVEN LENT IT TO MY FRIEND ¿¿
Posted May 30, 2012
The Weeping is a mysterious drama set in the Northwestern United States, filled with rainy days that make this suspenseful thriller even more nail biting. It's a haunting tale of murder and paranormal elements that bring an amazing book set in an old theatre to life.
Following a devastating car accident that has left 17 year old Heath feeling depressed and suicidal; his parents move him to Rock Harbor, Oregon to live with his uncle for the summer and work at the Opera House doing odds and ends jobs. But, once there Heath starts hearing and seeing things he can't believe. Enlisting the help of his new friends and coworkers Heath is determined to solve the mystery of Catherine Whitley. He delves deeper than he probably should have and finds out things he may not have wanted to know, especially things about someone close to him.
This book had me on edge trying to solve the mysteries found throughout before the characters (and I was often way off base). O'Dell Hutchison's writing is great, the dialogue between the characters was very real but not forced or cheesy. It is an excellently built thriller, not lacking in the thrill department ;)
I haven't read many horror/ghost-type stories and those that I have read were nothing compared to this one. I really enjoyed the theatre background and intense scenes between characters, it's full of suspense.
I did find it at times a little hard to take the graphic scenes O'Dell creates, the story does feature strong issues like rape and murder (especially the shock inducing ending).
If ghosts, hauntings, murders, and revenge are your thing (and even if they're not) check out this great young adult paranormal book!
Posted March 25, 2012
This novel reads like a well-written horror story. The reader will be instantly captivated by the very first chapter in the book, where a young girl cries out for her boyfriend only to suffer a terrible fate. Heath, the main character, is no stranger to loss. He believes himself to be the killer of three of his friends, their deaths due to an unfortunate accident. His parents figure that the best way to remove the problem would be to remove the boy from all objects, areas, and people that will continually remind him of the accident. Heath is sent to live with his uncle. There, he is distracted, but not in the way his parents imagined.
Heath's character is sympathetic; the reader will feel bad for him and his part in the early demise of his friends, that memory will always be tough to live with. Although Heath can be grumpy and sullen, he still makes for an interesting main character and one a reader can connect to. When Josie appears in Heath's life, the reader may decide what he/she thinks of her. She can be annoying, but she appears genuinely interested in Heath-but for what reason? Molly is more of the love interest; she is viewed as kind, intelligent, and quiet. Catherine, the ghost of the girl mentioned in the very first portion of the book, has every right to be angry. Her story develops over the course of the novel and the reader will be drawn to her story and the obvious feelings of love, hate, and hope she emits to the reader. The other characters round out the novel, but they do not affect the novel as much as the ones mentioned above.
The events of this novel are fast-paced and the undertone of the book is eerie, perfect for this story. Heath leads the reader through the novel with Catherine filling in the gaps. The reader will not expect the twists and surprises in this book, nothing is very predictable. The ending will both surprise and satisfy the reader. Young adult/teen readers should take a look at this book!
Posted March 2, 2012
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