The Night Strangers

The Night Strangers

Book - 2011
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Chip, an airline pilot, has had to ditch his jet in Lake Champlain after double engine failure, causing the deaths of thirty-nine passengers. In a dusty corner of a basement in his new Victorian house, he finds a door sealed shut with thirty-nine 6-inch carriage bolts. The coincidence is not lost on Chip.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2011
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307394996
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 25 cm.


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AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

I really liked his style and Chip was a haunting character. His struggles with the plane crash were great but then it's becomes all ghosts and witches and I lost a bit of interest.

Feb 18, 2016

Part about botany and herbalistics is good, but part about ghosts - no.
Chip character - is difficult to understand: who he is, what he's thinking, is that a healthy person or he’s acting under the influence of certain herbs - can never be understood as you read. His 10 years old daughters seem to be much smarter than him.
There is some tension in descriptions of what is going on – in last pages of the book. Although it seems that something like this has happened repeatedly in many books and films.
The end is really a big disappointment. Really - disgusting.

mayfairlady Dec 15, 2014

I don't know why I felt the need to finish it but I'm sorry I did.
What a disappointment.

sharonb122 Feb 25, 2014

The novel is suspenseful and difficult to put down. A ghost story that is not TOO far out, so had a more believable tenor to it. All along it wasn't hard to figure out who the villans were but I had to keep reading to figure out how it all comes out.
(spoiler alert)
I was frustrated with the end because I wanted all the secrets to come out and the "bad guys to get theirs"! Still, it was a surprising and rather creepy ending...
enjoyed it very much.

LMOH Dec 30, 2013

An insidious ghost story set in New Hampshire (aren't all of Bohjalian's books set in New Hampshire?) that is reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining. A haunted old house (complete with scary, boarded up room in the basement), an imbalanced dad, a set of twins, and neighbours who are witches...creepy!

grandquilter Dec 18, 2013

Have read some of his other books. This was a disappointment. Not one to give up on a book, so I suffered through it.

KateHillier Aug 15, 2013


It was wonderfully gothic and I loved the sense of creep factor in the location. I was almost creeped out more by the place than the people. I liked the turn at making witches 'herbalists' and the very unsettling grouping of having all these women named after plants and having them all take new names. It was almost like the Borg from Star Trek when Emily became Verdena and Garnet became Cali even though that change pretty much happened off the page.

I've read reviews where people thought this book was boring and repetitive. Repetitive yes but not boring. It was drawn out and eerie which is just the way I like it. I even liked the second person parts, it just made it hit that much harder.

The ending on the other hand just seemed like a cop out. It was an annoying use of Machina without the positive benefit. Chip, Garnet/Cali, and Emily/Verdana are all living in this town soon and are deeply involved (and are ignorant of the fact that their own daughter was killed by this group) because of magic. I mean I get what was trying to happen here (it's almost "The Shining" in a way) but it just seemed strange. Aside from the problem of Emily just flat out not noticing how weird these ladies were around her twins. You would think you would do something about it, especially considering how no one else in town will talk to them or you.

Aside from that I did like it. It was a very atmospheric book and was all about a haunting, in more ways than one. The witches plot seemed a bit silly (I admit being a little 'seriously?' at the eternal youth ploy) but it all worked out for me in the end. I can certainly see many people not really being this book's biggest fan though

Loghaus1 Jan 07, 2012

This book reminded me of "The Glow" by Brooks Stanwood. I read "The Glow" years ago and have never forgotten it. "The Night Strangers" grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. However, it kind of bogged down. Could have used more editing.

Dec 17, 2011

Night Strangers is more of a tale of suspense than a ghost story - more chilling than scary. The storylines are clever with twists and an unexpected outcome.

Oct 28, 2011

While I have read all of Chris Bohjalian's books and thoroughly enjoyed them I found this one very disappointing.

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