The Harrowing

The Harrowing

Book - 2007
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Baird College's Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of students heading home for Thanksgiving break, and Robin Stone, who won't be going home, swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. As a massive storm approaches, four other lonely students reveal themselves to Robin: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.

The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of another presence disturbing the building's ominous silence. Are they the victims of an elaborate prank, or is the energy evidence of something genuine--something intent on using them for its own terrifying ends? Together, they'll face three long days and dark nights before the world returns to find out what's become of five students nobody wants and no one will miss...
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2007.
ISBN: 9780312357498
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,18 cm.

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gusmcrae
Nov 20, 2014

"The Harrowing" is a thrilling read. I’m a horror movie fan, and if this novel was a scary movie, I would give it a fairly decent rating. It’s probably not the most original story in the world--a group of isolated college kids break out the Ouija board and connect with the spirit of a former student….or is it? There were many times while reading this book that I found myself thinking “this is basically The Breakfast Club hangs out with a demon” ;-) My only real complaint with the book was how smoothly the ending came together--you really can find the answer to all your demonic problems thanks to Google!

Despite the somewhat predictable twists and turns this book took, I read it in about two days. And when I was reading it at night, in the dark, it did give me genuine chills. Considering that most of the horror novels I’ve read have been a let down, I’m pretty happy with this one. I will be checking out more by this author.

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Deacon01
Aug 02, 2014

boring and predictable

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artnmusic
Sep 27, 2011

Two words: Brilliantly amazing!

I have read almost all of her books. She writes wonderfully and keeps you truly involved in the story. I originally would not have read a book in the "horror" category. But she does a wonderful job and leaves out all the unnecessary gore that you get in this type of genre. Very addictive!

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GingerKaren
Feb 15, 2007

While staying at school during Thanksgiving vacation, Robin and a group of four misfits find an Ouija board hidden in the campus lounge bookshelf. As they press their fingers on the planchette, they find themselves confronting a ghost from the past bent on using their life force to destroy. One night the lounge furniture is tossed about the room like kindling while the students sleep. this seems to dissipate the entity and they start to breathe easier again. Only when other spooky occurrences start to occur, does the motley group realize that they have released something much more dangerous than a mere ghost. The rhythm of this story and the reader''s interest in the characters made this book a real page turner right up until the enigmatic ending. One of the best ghost stories I have read in a long time.

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