The Harrowing

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Macmillan, Oct 30, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
4 Reviews
"Poltergeist meets The Breakfast Club."--Kirkus Reviews
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.
 
"[A] pyrotechnic climax...a cinematic finale."--Publishers Weekly
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...
 
THE HARROWING
 
"A real page-turner, a first novel of unusual promise."
--Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby
 

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Well, this book was a little spooky and a little silly. It read very much like your typical horror movie, but that was what made it fun! A perfect read for a stormy night, home alone; I enjoyed it quite a bit, actually. It was a lot of fun, with a surprising amount of twists and turns for a short book. Interesting and chilling - Ouija boards always make for creepy stories! 

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This book has everything a budget horror film needs—five college students, including the virgin, the slut, the jock, the nerd, and the variable. That, I can appreciate. It has good scares and mildly ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
2
Section 3
10
Section 4
19
Section 5
22
Section 6
29
Section 7
62
Section 8
77
Section 19
150
Section 20
159
Section 21
170
Section 22
176
Section 23
183
Section 24
189
Section 25
215
Section 26
221

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
135
Section 17
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Section 18
146
Section 27
228
Section 28
238
Section 29
257
Section 30
270
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2007)

ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF works as a screenwriter and lives in Los Angeles, where she has written original scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios.   THE HARROWING is her first novel; the psychological undercurrents of the book are drawn from her experience teaching emotionally disturbed and incarcerated teenagers in the Los Angeles County prison system. Visit her website at www.alexandrasokoloff.com.

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