Bohjalian's 15th novel opens with the crash landing of a jet into Lake Champlain and then plunges his characters into a desolate Victorian house in Bethel, NH. The surviving pilot, Chip Linton, is haunted not just with posttraumatic stress disorder but with his new home and the mysterious and very helpful neighbors who take a special interest in his ten-year-old twin girls and wife. The author moves from the pilot's second-person narration that allows listeners to view the crash in multiple ways, as well as his obsession with the cellar door sealed shut with 39 carriage bolts, to the various views of his family and neighbors, creating a modern gothic novel. The story is enhanced by the masterly readers, as Mark Bramhill in particular strikes the right chords with Chip and Alison Fraser with the herbalists and the twins. The audiobook includes an interview with Bohjalian and executive producer/director Kelly Gildea. Recommended. ["Bohjalian (Secrets of Eden) has crafted a genre-defying novel, both a compelling story of a family in trauma and a psychological thriller that is truly frightening," read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling Crown hc, LJ 6/15/11.—Ed.]—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo
Following a plane crash that kills 39 of his passengers, pilot Chip Linton moves his family to the solitude and anonymity of a small New Hampshire town. The house is a Victorian fixer-upper that has a deadly history and some odd features, including a mysterious door in the far corner of the basement held shut by 39 (there’s that number again) long bolts. To add to the problems, the new neighbor is taking a more-than-average interest in Linton’s twin daughters. The reading by Mark Bramhill and others keeps the suspense flowing in this genre-bending novel. (LJ 2/1/12)
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