The sudden, tragic death of her husband leaves Caroline Evans alone in New York City to raise an 11-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter on little money and even less hope. But then she meets and marries handsome, successful Anthony Fleming, who wins her heart and embraces her children. When Caroline settles her family into Anthony's spacious apartment on Manhattan's Central Park West, her fears of an uncertain future give way to a sense of abundant happiness. But soon, new terrors will come home to roost in the luxurious, exclusive building named The Rockwell. Midnight voices whisper of a cruel and hungry presence that also calls The Rockwell home.
First, Caroline's daughter begins to suffer from recurring nightmares of strangers in her room at night. Then her son turns sullen at home and angry at school, spreading terrifying rumors about the stepfather who has shown him nothing but kindness. And when Caroline discovers a startling secret about Anthony's past, it seems she, too, is falling victim to the creeping paranoia infecting her family. Should she doubt her perfect husband, their kindly fellow tenants, or her own sanity? Does someone - or something - in her new home have sinister designs on Caroline and her children? Is her new life charmed or cursed?
Step across the threshold of The Rockwell - and into the dark realm of John Saul...in a spine-tingling novel that will haunt you wherever you live.
©2002 John Saul; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"Deeply creepy... good, drafty atmospheric horror unafraid to indulge in not-at-all-subtle gory bits." (Booklist)
This is an absolutely frightening tale. I won't say more than that. If you listen to it and find anything else that gives you more chills, please let me know.
Much of this book is a rip off of Rosemary's Baby. I usually like John Saul, but this is one of the most predictable and obvious books I've read or heard. The characters are one dimensional, and the reader, Lee Merriweather, makes them sound like complete idiots. Pass this one up.
Yes, I would recommend if they like horror or just a dark fantasy. The story was well told, and it held my interest.
I would say the son in this novel, he was pretty much the better hero than I thought the mother was.
The beginning, it was very detailed.
Be afraid of what happens after dark
I was unimpressed with this book. The narrator's voice was grating and her impressions of the other characters were even worse. The book itself was pretty lousy and left me with many unanswered questions, and not in a provocative or thought provoking way. The ending was so anti climactic, I hesitate to use the word climactic. Skip it.
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