Five Mile House

by Karen Novak | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1582341591 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Abbynormal92243 of El Centro, California USA on 6/6/2005
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Abbynormal92243 from El Centro, California USA on Monday, June 06, 2005
I started reading this today, and I'm hooked.
Will journal more when I'm done.

Journal Entry 2 by Abbynormal92243 from El Centro, California USA on Friday, June 10, 2005
The style of this book is interesting. We are treated to both a 3rd person viewpoint (Leslie-the heroine, a cop, who has a nervous breakdown after seeing too many mangled, violated children), and 1st person--that of the ghost, Eleanor.

I was deeply moved by both women, and I could relate to Eleanor's anguish even while I was afraid what she might do to Leslie.

I like this book so much I'm offering it as a bookray.





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Please note: Give it two times to contact the person after you. If there's no response, go to the next person in line. Do not stress over it. Life happens.

note #2: If you're unable to get the book read in 4 weeks or less, mail it out anyway. I can always add you to the bottom of the list.







Journal Entry 3 by Abbynormal92243 at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 17, 2005

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Sending to LoriPed

Have a wonderful journey, Book! :D

Journal Entry 4 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Monday, June 27, 2005
Received this book in the mail today. Since I am just about finished with my current book, I should be able to start this one tomorrow.

Journal Entry 5 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Friday, July 01, 2005
What a great first book by this author! This is a ghost story with references to a Wiccan belief in the Analecta Seriatus, a mystical lost book that a coven of witches in the book's small town of Wellington want to possess. Leslie Stone is a burnt-out homicide cop who is put on leave of absence after shooting a suspected child murderer. When her husband is offered a job restoring a historical house in a small New England town, he moves the family there to begin their lives again. However, the house that he has been hired to restore was once owned by Eleanor Bly, who people believe, killed all her children and then jumped out a window to her death. This story parallel's Leslie's story as she tries to come to grips with what she has done and how her family now perceive her and the story of Eleanor, who now haunts Five Mile House waiting to redeem herself.
This story had a few minor flaws, but they weren't enough to keep me from wanting to find out the truth about Eleanor and whether Leslie could save herself and her family.

I will be contacting the next person on the list to receive this book and will hopefully have it in the mail on July 5.

Journal Entry 6 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Received today. This looks great. Will journal again when I've read it..Thanks for offering it as a ring xxx

Journal Entry 7 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 03, 2005
I really enjoyed this..Thanks so much Abby for sending it out! It was a definite page turner and I loved the main characterisation. I'll look out for more books by this author. Sending on to Catsalive in Oz tomorrow.

Journal Entry 8 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Monday, August 08, 2005
I received this today, thanks sunlightbub. I've been overwhelmed today - 5 bookring books arrived. Oh, what fun I'm going to have. When will I get any work done?

Journal Entry 9 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, August 14, 2005
A very strange tale. Different to any other ghost story I've read. I couldn't quite get a line on Leslie & Phillip's relationship. Some parts were quite hard to follow. An interesting and original tale but a bit confusing at times.

Thanks Abbynormal92243 for the opportunity to sample Karen Novak's writing. I'll post this off to NMReader as soon as I have an address.

Posted 15/8/5.

Journal Entry 10 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, August 22, 2005
I just received the book. I will put on top of MT TBR.

Looking forward to reading this story.

Journal Entry 11 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, September 18, 2005
It took me a little while to get into the book (more a problem of work and other influences then the book's fault). Once I got in I was hooked. It was a good quick read. I am not sure I would have picked this up on my own but I really enjoyed it.

I am releasing to SCA2003. I will drop it in the mail in the hotel in Chicago tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by SCA2003 from Orlando, Florida USA on Friday, September 23, 2005
Received in the mail and will read soon, looks good!

Journal Entry 13 by SCA2003 from Orlando, Florida USA on Friday, October 14, 2005
This was a strange story, it was a bit confusing in parts and fast moving in others. For a first book being written by her, it was good. I'll look for more books by her. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 14 by SCA2003 at Sent to fellow Book Crosser by mail. in Lancaster, Ohio USA on Saturday, October 29, 2005

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Sent off to the next in line, Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 15 by wingT02S03B11D20wing from Springport, Michigan USA on Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Just received this...have one book in front, so it will probably be about a week before I get to it, but shouldn't take long then.

Journal Entry 16 by wingT02S03B11D20wing from Springport, Michigan USA on Thursday, November 10, 2005
I had a hard time getting into this book, in fact, I almost quit 1/2 way through. Were it not for the fact that I was using it for the title challenge, I might not have kept going. I don't believe I liked it, certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Thanks for the chance to try a new author. This book will be on it's way to nightraine56 tomorrow.

Journal Entry 17 by nightraine56 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Got in the mail today. Will start ASAP.

Journal Entry 18 by nightraine56 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
This was a chore for me to keep reading. Some parts were good, but as a whole, I couldn't really get into it. I kept reading though so that I could send it on. Thanks however, abbynormal for sharing. As soon as I get dufffy's address, I will be sending it on.

Journal Entry 19 by nightraine56 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Thursday, December 01, 2005
Book is on it's way to dufffy. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by dufffy from Coventry, Connecticut USA on Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Wonder if I'll be among those who liked this or didn't. Only one way to find out.

Journal Entry 21 by bookchick88 from Kent, Ohio USA on Saturday, December 17, 2005
Thanks.

I will read this shortly and pass it along quickly.

:D

Journal Entry 22 by bookchick88 from Kent, Ohio USA on Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Thanks for letting me read this.

It wasn't really what I expected when I read it, but I did enjoy. It was kind of slow for me, but then again I am used to fast paced horror.

Though it did hold me captive throughout the book. :) For some weird reason I sympathized with both women, and the story had an eerie feel to it.

Will be sending to CheriePie shortly!

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Sending off to CheriePie today!

Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 24 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, January 02, 2006
Was waiting in my mailbox for me when I got home from spending the New Years weekend with out-of-state friends.... so it probably arrived on Saturday. I should be able to start on this within a week or so. Thanks!

Journal Entry 25 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, January 09, 2006
This was a pretty good haunted house book. It took me a while to decide whether I liked the writing style, switching from third to first person as the ghost of Eleanor Bly was the one who actually told the story, especially when, towards the end, it'd switch from one person to another in sections within a single chapter, although at least each section was appropriately marked, which made the switch in person easier to follow.

The story itself was gripping and kept me reading late into the night. Fortunately though, this wasn't one of those really spooky type of ghost stories that keeps you awake at night. The ghost of Eleanor Bly was not a vengeful ghost, and the house itself was more of a mathematician's nightmare, or labyrinth, more freaky than scary. :) I don't feel this detracted from the book at all though, it is what it is, and were the author to concentrate more on the haunting and spooky, something else would've been lost in the translation.

I've PMed suebo for her address and hop to have this in the mail to her sometime this week.

Journal Entry 26 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Friday, January 20, 2006
Didn't hear back from SueBo both on PM nor email. This post in the BookRelay forum indicates an illness in her family that is keeping her away from BookCrossing so I've skipped her for now. Maybe someone might wanna try to reach her a few months from now and see if she still wants to read this. Maybe put her at the end of the ray and see if she's back in the swing of things by then.

So now I'm sending this book off to glade1 in North Carolina on Friday, 20-Jan-2006 via Media Mail.

Journal Entry 27 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Monday, January 23, 2006
Received in the mail today (along with three other bookring books and an Amazon order!). This will be in line behind some other rings, but I'll get to it as soon as I can. I have been looking forward to reading this one!

Journal Entry 28 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Now, this is what I call a page turner. I started it yesterday afternoon and had to stay up to finish it last night! It was really fast paced and fairly unpredictable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was even a little creeped out when trying to go to sleep last night.

There were only a few loose ends that bothered me. [POSSIBLE SPOILERS] First, I felt there was still no resolution to the Amy thing; was she a figment of Leslie's imagination, was she really a ghost, what were the pictures of? I guess the point was that Leslie was beyond needing to know but this reader wishes she knew? Also, Isabel had said earlier in the book that she wanted the house to collapse but it had been too sturdy (or something like that), but then at the end she was able to cause big things to happen. I suppose it was the strength of her emotion or need for vengeance or whatever. Finally, what happened to Leslie? Are we to believe she did not return to her family, whom she had (in a sense) killed for? She just rode off into the sunset? Argh!

In spite of these little glitches (which may be only glitches in my opinion), I would highly recommend this book and I'm glad I had a chance to read it.

I have PMed efs300 and will get this moving as soon as I receive an address. Thanks very much, Abbynormal, for sharing this one!

Update: Mailed to efs300 on 2-16-06 via media mail.

Journal Entry 29 by efs300 from Bedford, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
'Five Mile House' arrived in New Hamsphire in yesterday's mail along with 2 other books. And I am in the middle of reading 2 other bookring books so it may take me a while to get to this one.

Journal Entry 30 by efs300 from Bedford, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, March 11, 2006
I just finished this book early this morning, I really enjoyed this book. I have not read a book in this genre in a long time. Like some of the others in the ray I could just not put this book down. I liked how toward the end of the book the faster and faster switches from Leslie to Eleanor as the climax approached. Overall I thought for a first book this author has some real potential and I will look for more books by her. A quick look on bn.com and it appears that she has written a series of 'Leslie Stone' novels..... I have rrrcaron's address and will get this book in the mail to her on monday. Thanks Abbynormal92243 for sharing this excellent book.

Journal Entry 31 by efs300 from Bedford, New Hampshire USA on Monday, March 13, 2006
Shipped this book to Rrrcaron today.

Journal Entry 32 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, March 23, 2006
I received this book in the mail today. I hope to get to it soon!
Ruth

Journal Entry 33 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Friday, October 20, 2006
I loved this story! It's hard to believe this was a debut novel. I was captivated from page 1. I love ghost stories, and the crime that was committed only added to the story. I wonder if this book was made into a movie. It would be fun to watch with the kids, especially this time of year. Thanks so much for sharing. Will be returned to Abbeynormal asap!

Journal Entry 34 by Abbynormal92243 at Post Office in Trego, Montana USA on Saturday, November 25, 2006

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Journal Entry 35 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Saturday, January 06, 2007
good...very readable, held my interest...it is already given out

CAUGHT IN TREGO, MT 59934 USA

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