by John Saul | Horror |
ISBN: 0345433297 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jendudley of Edinburg, Texas USA on 11/2/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by jendudley from Edinburg, Texas USA on Tuesday, November 02, 2004
There's no such thing as a happy family in John Saul's dark imagination. He made this chillingly clear in Suffer the Children and The Right Hand of Evil, and he deepens this impression in Nightshade, a perfectly macabre tale of a household ripped apart by malevolent forces.

Meet New Hampshire couple Bill and Joan Hapgood and their teenage son, Matt. They have a huge home, many friends, and the glow of Matt's glory as a high school football star. Life couldn't be sweeter, right? Wrong!

Trouble begins when Joan's mother, Emily, accidentally burns down her own house and moves in with the Hapgoods. Matt is terrified of his foul-tempered grandmother, who refers to him as "Joan's bastard." Emily's odd behavior reaches a fever pitch when she insists that the bedroom of her long-dead (and much-favored) elder daughter, Cynthia, be recreated, prom dress, dolls, and all. The household's normal warmth vanishes, "the sense of welcome and comfort was gone." Matt complains of strange, perverted dreams in which the staggeringly beautiful Cynthia visits him, leaving behind the pungent scent of her Nightshade perfume. Joan also feels the presence of her dead sister, and has painful flashbacks to a childhood best left forgotten. A murder and three disappearances befall the small town, Matt spirals into depression, and Joan loses her mind. Throw in child abuse, torture, and a wickedly irritable ghost, and we have one whopper of a nightmare. Nightshade contains gobs of gore, melodramatic (and occasionally bumbling) prose, and a deviant, twisted ending--John Saul's famous recipe for family disaster and reader delight. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Journal Entry 2 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Thursday, April 14, 2005
This arrived in today's mail, thanks to jendudley, who offered it on the relays. It's been awhile since I've read Saul, so I look forward to this one!

Journal Entry 3 by Maurean at Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Friday, September 27, 2013
I've read a couple of Saul's books in the past. I really enjoyed "The Manhattan Hunt Club" and thought "The Presence" was enjoyable enuff that I'd pick up another one, but *this* ... with themes gathering around child abuse, incest, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, this one just missed the mark this for me. Luckily it was a short read. I doubt I'll try this author again.

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