The Night Strangers

11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Books on Tape. 2011. ISBN 9780307940797. $40; 1 MP3-CD. library ed. Recorded Bks.; 11 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. THRILLER
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

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