Wednesday, October 12, 2011
CBR III Review #106: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Chris Linton is an airline pilot who was unable to save all his passengers one day when he had to try an emergency water landing. Chris suffering from a deep depression and survivors guilt can't but help compare himself to the other pilot (Sully) who was able to save his entire plane trying the same maneuver. Chip's wife, Emily, decides that maybe it is best for Chip, herself and their two twin daughters to move to small town and start over.
The Linton family moves to the White Mountain area to start over but the house they have moved into seems to have several secrets. One of the most odd features of the house, a cellar door sealed shut with 39 carriage bolts. Thirty-Nine passengers died in plane crash that destroyed the Linton family. Chip becomes obsessed with the door and the contents behind it. As Chip becomes more and more obsessed he starts to lose his handle on reality - or has he?
The Night Strangers is part tragedy part ghost story. The novel details a frighteningly detailed account of the plane crash, one that has me wanting to avoid planes until the description fades from my memory. The other parts of the novel follows the ghost story/mystery. I really enjoyed the novel I just felt it could have benefited from some tighter editing, but if you want to check out a modern ghost story I say go for it.