Year 6, Book 72

72. The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
I am usually a fan of Bohjalian’s work, but I really did not like this book. I thought it was boring, I didn’t care about the characters, and what I suppose were supposed to be the big reveals were rather lame. The story centers around a pilot, his wife, and their twin daughters. After the pilot crashes his plane due to a bird strike the family moves to a small town in New Hampshire to start their lives over. We are given to believe that something mysterious and possibly sinister has occurred in this house in the past and there is also a group of people in the town called the herbalists who also possibly appear to be up to do no good. As you read you find out what has happened, who these herbalists are and why they are so interested in this new family. If you’re a huge Bohjalian fan who can’t bear the thought of not reading one of his books then go for it, otherwise I’d recommend skipping this one. I give it a 3 out of 10.

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