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Nightshade

de John Saul

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The master of terror and psychological suspense, John Saul taps into our darkest, most deeply guarded fears in his most gripping novel yet, the terrifying story of an innocent teenager who must confront the cursed sins of the past -- and an evil so corrupting that it threatens to consume his entire world ....Nightmares become reality... and from the fire emerges a malevolent presence.Fifteen-year-old Matt Moore has a loving mother and a caring stepfather, a host of friends, and a growing relationship with the most beautiful girl at school. All signs point to a bright future, until fate intervenes. A sudden fire leaves Matt's senile and troubled grandmother homeless. When she moves in with the family, her ceaseless demands cause unrelieved tension -- and with her comes a shameful secret between her daughters that traps young Matt between a dead aunt who haunts him and his own mother, who seeks redemption for her sister's sins -- and her own.A horrific shadow from the past... and a shocking tragedy in the present.To save himself and those he loves, Matt must eventually face the forces of evil and destruction -- alone.… (més)
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The Hapgoods appear for all the world to be a loving, happy, content family. That all shatters quite quickly when grandma Emily, suffering from Alzheimer's and seemingly intent on making everyone around her feel lower than a snake's belly, moves into the Hapgood's estate. Constantly comparing Joan Hapgood to her beautiful, smart but dead older sister, Cynthia, Emily strikes out to totally deflate her younger daughter. Teenage grandson, Matt, starts having violent, erotic dreams that plague him. Then the body count starts to rise.

John Saul weaves a fascinating prose with dark family incidents. Trepidation, dread, doom all gathering. It's a enjoyable read of horror and suspense. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Not for the faint of heart! The underlying subject of this entire story is child abuse. There is also the exposure of the vivid portrayal of bullying that can occur after one family has experienced a horrifying tragedy and the child(ren) still need to attend school and how judgments of well-meaning parents create the backdrop of the bullying. John Saul exposes evil with graphic images, gripping details, in a fast-paced, page-turning novel. Particularly in the climate of America at this time (2016), the novel cries out, "Let the innocent be innocent when one doesn't know all the facts!" I tried to solve the mystery as there are clues all along the way but I never suspected the ending. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Jan 23, 2016 |
Very good and eerie mystery starting off with an abused child and cycling up into horror. The story centers around teen Matthew Moore, whose life and whose mother is turned upside down when his grandmother, in early stages of Alzheimer's, moves into their home. The story is well-written and as the mystery is revealed in stages, it keeps you hooked. ( )
  wareagle78 | Jul 21, 2014 |
I expected the end to pull things together more. ( )
  jjnaaucoin | Mar 6, 2011 |
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The master of terror and psychological suspense, John Saul taps into our darkest, most deeply guarded fears in his most gripping novel yet, the terrifying story of an innocent teenager who must confront the cursed sins of the past -- and an evil so corrupting that it threatens to consume his entire world ....Nightmares become reality... and from the fire emerges a malevolent presence.Fifteen-year-old Matt Moore has a loving mother and a caring stepfather, a host of friends, and a growing relationship with the most beautiful girl at school. All signs point to a bright future, until fate intervenes. A sudden fire leaves Matt's senile and troubled grandmother homeless. When she moves in with the family, her ceaseless demands cause unrelieved tension -- and with her comes a shameful secret between her daughters that traps young Matt between a dead aunt who haunts him and his own mother, who seeks redemption for her sister's sins -- and her own.A horrific shadow from the past... and a shocking tragedy in the present.To save himself and those he loves, Matt must eventually face the forces of evil and destruction -- alone.

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