The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Ellen Rimbauer became the young bride of Seattle industrialist John Rimbauer, and began keeping a remarkable diary. This diary became the secret place where Ellen could confess her fears of the new marriage, her confusion over her emerging sexuality, and the nightmare that her life would become. The diary not only follows the development of a girl into womanhood, it follows the construction of the Rimbauer mansioncalled Rose Redan enormous home that would be the site of so many horrific and inexplicable tragedies in the years ahead. The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red is a rare document, one that gives us an unusual view of daily life among the aristocracy in the early 1900s, a window into one womans hidden emotional torment, and a record of the mysterious events at Rose Red that scandalized Seattle society at the timeevents that can only be fully understood now that the diary has come to light. Edited by Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. as part of her research, the diary is being published as preparations are being made by Dr. Reardon to enter Rose Red and fully investigate its disturbing history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401397630
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Series: Digital Picture Book
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 64,288
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Diary of Ellen Rimbauer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 179 reviews.
klfbooks More than 1 year ago
Once you start you will not want to put the book down. Saw the Steven King movie first and was thrilled to find the book that started it. You will not be let down. Go right out and purchase it .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering that this was exactley what I expected, and my expectations were high, I definately loved 'The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer! It showed so many clear images of the life that she lived while at Rose Red. Having all the elements that any story should have including loyalty, tragedy, secduction, and horror. One of the things that I loved most about 'The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer' was how much Rose Red (her house) took her in and loved her. It was almost in a way that seems out to be possesive of her, like a jelous man trying to protect her without asking her what she wants first. The author did a very excellent job at portraying the connection between Rose Red and Ellen. Although Ellen's husband (John Rimbauer) built the house for Ellen, Rose Red didn't see John as her owner. I think that Stephan King was brilliant once again in how he set the mood. One thing I didn't like about The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, was the fact that Ellen could not leave the house. As much of a person I am for female rights, it was hard not to get emotionally caotic when she submissed to John only for the fact to get what she wanted. I do think that was very smart on her move, but I also find it very degrading as a woman. I would have liked to see more leverage than just sex to get what she wanted. I loved the loyalty that Sukina (Ellens new maid that she brought home from Africa) showed while taking care of Ellen when she needed to be taken care of and the way that Ellen made her feel like a sister rather than a maid. Both Ellen and Sukinas' feelings about her husband John were exactly alike. They both saw him infested with adualtry and conspiracy. I liked that they stuck together to get what they wanted and used eachother as support when Rose Red was vanishing people that posed as a threat to Ellen. Ellen made a promise to her house, to never stop building her and kept that promise. Now that Ellen has passed Rose Red still builds. I think that as unusual and unbeleivable as this sounds, its nearly hard to ignore the fact that it is real. Rose Red is no fictional story, and I think that anyone who has any believes in life after death will see the truth behind Rose Red. I believe that Rose Red is real, even to this day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This diary truly makes you feel as if you are getting a peak into a place no one should be allowed to go. The diary is great as a stand-alone book, but reading before you watch the movie makes it that much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Dad recommended for me to see this first from his DVD collection when I was browsing for a movie to view. The movie I enjoyed. The book is better. It explained in more detail what the movie didn't. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. I was hooked all the way though. Susepnse, mystery, adventure, horror, romance, tragedy...I could go on and on. It has all I could have asked for in a book! A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of the best books that has been written. i loved it and i know others will too. it's one of those books you don't want to put down and don't want to end. first time i read this book was a little over a year ago and i still read it, talk about it, and recommend it to everbody and everybody i've recommended it to loves it also. it's a book that will be remembered by its readers for years and years. it's truely an awesome book. READ IT!! BUY IT! LOVE IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well if you don't Believe in ghost well you better Believe. When I Saw Rose Red It made me believe in ghost and When i did some research on Ellen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Because this was written as a diary, there is not much `explanation¿ for the happenings at Rose Red. Yes, women disappear; houseguests, servants and eventually Ellen¿s daughter, April. And yes, men die; a colleague of her husband¿s, a stable hand and her husband¿s ex-partner. The thing of it is, after the first episodes, even John Rimbauer senses something and decides not to involve the police. Only when April goes missing does he bring them back in.In a way, this woman reminded me of the nameless second Mrs. de Winter. She just took everything her husband dished out.
legoretrout on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read through this in a few days, I enjoyed how it was written and the storyline that evolved from Ellen's "diary entries." Good stuff, especially some of the relationships between characters.
The_Hibernator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I admit it. After seeing the miniseries, Rose Red, I rushed off to buy the Diary of Ellen Rimbauer thinking it was a true story. The fact that I got it out of the fiction/literature section of Barnes and Noble didn't clue me in, either. I was about two pages into the 'diary' when it occurred to me that this narrative seemed very unlike something a 19-year-old girl around the turn of the (last) century would be writing. I looked at the binding which, to my chagrin, clearly said 'FICTION' in nice bold letters. Despite my initial disappointment in myself, and in the most esteemed writer's apparent inability to think like a 19-year-old girl (understandably), the book turned out to be pretty entertaining. It chronicled 20 years in the life of a young woman-the mistress of the formidible mansion, Rose Red-as she dealt with the horrors thrown upon her by her husband's immoral behavior and Rose Red's morbid punishments. A quick read and entertaining book, My Life at Rose Red is a book anybody from teens on up could enjoy.
thebookfaery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If ever there was a book that had me enthralled from cover to cover and constantly saying to myself "OMG...WTF" (yes...I'm sorry, my thoughts were quite that profane as I read it and for the sake of some of our viewers I've not spelt out the phrases), this was it. Trying to recall the movie I had watched depicted after Stephen King's version I can't quite place the two together. While I believe the movie was quite scary, reading the diary was far more dark and it wasn't that graphic. Chills were felt as I read her (Ellen) diary and imagined the days with her through her life at Rose Red. The thought of one being trapped within their own home to lose all she loved due to a "house's" jealousy feels so horrendous. And like a mother who could never leave her child she remained in even more pain waiting for her lost daughter to come back to her. I could hardly imagine the horror it must have been to watch things change before one's eyes as the plants, stain glass window in the tower, and hallways seem to have done.OK...if you don't want to be spoiled...don't read any further. If you do, it's not my fault as I warned you...I was so impressed (sounds so odd after reading the tragic events at Rose Red) that I had to read more into it from the Beaumont University Site mentioned in the book where they supposedly (key word here) included some of the deleted diary pages, pictures, and more details of Reardon's research. If you'd like to read more then you'll need to visit The Beaumont University's Paranormal Studies Program pages. But in further reading and going through links looking for those mentioned "deleted entries", I discovered that many links were going nowhere. I did however get through to the site. It's here that I found out that it was all indeed a "hoax" for this fiction story. Haha at me for actually forgetting I picked up a book of FICTION!! What does that say about the book?! It got me so it was GOOD!! LOL Will it get you?! Hopefully I didn't kill it too much for your imagination.Apparently it got to a lot of readers with some getting downright mad. So it duped many. Remember I got "duped" too. Big my eyes it means it was a good book!! My thoughts are that books of FICTION are supposed to be entertaining...what do you expect when you find the book in the HORROR section?! Hello... ;-)
sagustocox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joyce Reardon and Stephen King's The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red was the latest audio book selection of my husband for our daily rides to and from work. It is billed as a thriller or suspense novel, but I found that the diary format did not lend itself to suspense over the audio. I'm not sure if I would feel differently if I had read the hard copy of the book.The book begins with Ellen Rimbauer and her budding relationship with her future husband John Rimbauer, who is building a mansion to surpass all mansions in Seattle--Rose Red. The construction of the home is rittled in controversy as it is built on an Indian burial ground and contractors are killed on the site.Her marriage to John is wrought with marital turmoil as she continues to uncover the depths of her husband's perversity and sexual desire. While the premise of the house being haunted is obvious from Ellen's visits to psychics in Chinatown and the various disappearances inside the home, I was not scared while this audio book played, and I found it a bit predictable.The diary is entertaining until you get near the end when the supposed paranormal investigator, Joyce Reardon, interrupts the narrative to interject her reasons for eliminating portions of the narrative and to explain about speculation at the time of Ellen Rimbauer's behavior after major events happen in the house, etc.Overall, this was a good book to listen to in the car and maybe to pick up and read, but it is not something that will frighten you. It is interesting to see how Ellen learns how to take control of her life with the help of her African handmaid Sukeena.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fictional ¿diary¿ was inspired by the King-penned miniseries Rose Red. Supposedly edited by Dr. Joyce Reardon, the ghost researcher who was the main character in the miniseries (and who met a very bad end), and written by Ellen Rimbauer, the character who haunted the mansion, Rose Red, the diary details the early years of the haunted house that was the subject of the miniseries.The diary wasn¿t written by King, but by a ghost writer, Ridley Pearson, and the writing is fairly clumsy. That makes the ¿diary¿ merely a curiosity, a collectible for avid King fans. If you want a good story or even a good King story, I would advise you to look elsewhere, though.
KTPrymus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book which shows a great deal of promise but falls flat as a result, most likely, of its entirely second order route to publication. Created as a companion piece to the television mini-series Rose Red (whose screenplay was written by Stephen King), the book is the fictional diary of Ellen Rimbauer, a young woman who marries into the wealthy aristocracy of and oil baron in early 20th century Seattle. Over the course of some 20 years Ellen¿s writings reveal the strange and haunting events that occur in the constantly expanding mansion which her husband began building before their marriage. The diary is a sort of prelude to the mini-series which focuses on a modern team of paranormal investigators visiting what remains of the mansion. Taken together with the series and the poorly constructed tie-in website the package offers a type of viral marketing or Alternate Reality Game which has become commonplace but was relatively infantile in 2001.The image of the mansion known as Rose Red immediately conjures up images of the Winchester Mystery House, and indeed there is little in the story which is original. It is, however, impressive in the way it combines elements of various horror genres into a nice, period package while providing revealing insights into the mindset of a just post-Victorian aristocratic woman. While this should undoubtedly draw comparisons with Bram Stoker¿s Dracula, perhaps the weakest element of the work is its poorly executed diary style. In most places it read as a straight first person narrative which is occasionally interrupted with hastily added references to the second person in the form of the clichéd ¿Dear Diary¿. There are also a multitude of anachronistic references to events which would not have seemed relevant at the time that cannot help but keep the reader from becoming fully immersed in this world (of particular note is a passage in which Ellen expresses surprise than anyone could think there is oil in Saudi Arabia, or when she describes paranormal activity in terms that directly reference King¿s work e.g. a girl that sets her school on fire or a possessed dog). If you can put these problems aside you will find an interesting plot punctuated by moments of fairly intense creepiness. While not exactly a page-turner it does manage to infuse a myriad of elements together into a convincing narrative and succeeds in portraying some of them quite well. Of particular note is the characterization of Ellen¿s inner states in relation to her own sense of femininity as well as the darker powers of witchcraft which seem a natural side effect of them.Not a bad effort, but leaves you wondering how much better it could have been if it had been a serious literary work on its own and not the result of multi-media promotion.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the Dairy of Ellen Rimbauer. This pulls you in your always wondering what in the world can happen next, this takes you from her husband courting her to the house he is having built, to the honeymoon a year traveling the world and back to the grand house that they name RED ROSE. At times the book can be racy and is wonderful. This book takes your thru all kinds of people disappearing and dying, love and loss and even a different kind of love. Thru the children being born and the loss of Ellen's daughter April and in the end her husband himself.
dharmarose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though this is a work of fiction and a tie-in for the movie, it's one of my favourite books- I even own two copies. I love the paranormal story and Ellen and Sukeen's relationship. It's a great tie-in for Rose Red and the Ellen Rimbauer movie(which is more or less this book in video form).
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mysterious and haunting spirit lurks within the walls of Rose Red, the setting for Stephen King's upcoming ABC miniseries tie-in by the same name. Built on a Native American burial ground in early 20th-century Seattle, the mansion which is constantly under construction sets the scene for a multitude of inexplicable disappearances and ghastly deaths. While moody oil tycoon John Rimbauer refuses to acknowledge that the house has a mind of its own, his young wife, Ellen, dramatizes these eerie events with great detail in her diary, often personifying the house as if it were a living being. (Or, perhaps, a non-living being?) While the evolution of Ellen's character from innocent and submissive to frighteningly powerful is a slow process, the language and questioning nature of her entries entice the reader as the mystery of Rose Red is brought into full bloom. Ellen also reveals frustration and disappointment with her marriage namely her husband's unfaithfulness and alarmingly frequent involvement in voyeuristic activities as well as a growing confusion about her sexual identity and attachment to her friend and African handmaid, Sukeena. In addition to extensive dialogue that makes the diary seem a tad more like a novel than someone's personal confessions, Ellen's entries are accompanied by a handful of explanatory notes put in by the "editor" and supposed professor of paranormal studies, Joyce Reardon. The people mentioned in the diary, as well as Reardon, are all characters in Rose Red, which was created directly for television by the bestselling author. As to who penned the actual text of the diary? That remains as much of a mystery as Rose Red herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. It, as usual was so much better than the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but in such a "false voice" that ultimately, the story is nearly ruined. The overall tone is a kind of cross between how the author imagines the protagonist would speak in an early 20th century voice and a sophisticated, pretentious overlay of British vocabulary and manners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book although the end was slightly disappointing, left me with questions! GOOD READ THOUGH
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A geatbook you can't help but get drawn completely into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all "Rose Red" is really the Thornwood Castle in Lakewood, it is not in Seattle, as the Movie portrays it to be. Although I'm not a Stephen King fan (I hate horror) this one didn't spook me as I thought it would. It is a well written diary for something that is fiction. If anyone thinks it's real, they have quite the imagination. clearly a house cannot "kill" people. For a fiction, it's a good read. borrowed it from a friend and will purchase when I buy a nook so I can have my own copy. Just like "the woman in black", it's more spooky than horror.