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Publisher's Summary

National best seller

A supernatural force - set in motion a century ago - threatens to devastate New York City in this “terrific horror/suspense/disaster novel” that “grips from the first page” (Stephen King, number one New York Times best-selling author).

Far upstate, in New York’s ancient forests, a drowned village lays beneath the dark, still waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir. Early in the 20th century, the town was destroyed for the greater good: Bringing water to the millions living downstate. Or at least that’s what the politicians from Manhattan insisted at the time. The local families, settled there since America’s founding, were forced from their land, but some didn't leave....

Now, a century later, the repercussions of human arrogance are finally making themselves known. An inspector assigned to oversee the dam, dangerously neglected for decades, witnesses something inexplicable. It turns out that more than the village was left behind in the waters of the Chill when it was abandoned. A dark prophecy remained, too, and the time has come for it to be fulfilled - for sacrifices must be made. And as the dark waters begin to inexorably rise, the demand for a fresh sacrifice emerges from the deep.... 

“A must read for fans of eerie, gripping storytelling” (Dean Koontz, number one New York Times best-selling author), The Chill is “a creepy tale of supernatural terror” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). 

©2020 Scott Carson (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Like listening to paint dry

I tried very hard to give this book time to get going. After I'd heard 8 of the 14 hours I finally gave up. I'm genuinely confused by the good reviews, there was barely s story thread, the characters were flat and inconsequential and the most engaging part was a lecture about the math involved in building and assessing dams.
After over half the book I still had no idea why I should care about the dam and the "spooky stuff" (no spoilers here) was just confusing and annoying.
Maybe the story truly takes off in hour 9 but I'm all out of patience with it.

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Story gets lost in the Engineering lessons

I really wanted to get into this because it was featured on the page of one of my favorite super natural authors, Michael Koryta. But this book is filled with too much information on dam engineering and not enough on bringing the story to life. I literally forced my way to get to the end and then I wish I had not wasted my Audible credit.

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Engaging but more Lazy River than the Raging Rapid

The story is engaging and exciting with some very good lore, but the excitement mostly happens toward the middle and coasts to an ending dealing mostly in small personal experiences rather than earth shattering Revelations and "battles". If you like this Try "So Cold the River" by Michael Kortya and "The Lost Causes of Bleek Creek" by Rhett & Link
Reader John Bedford Lloyd is good but a little bland and monotone, (and there is one very noticeable edit where a line was fixed / replaced, but that just picking nits) but ultimately delivers a solid performance.

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The Catskills deserve better

Not a recommended book. Kind of a silly premise with not enough NYC brought in. My hope was that this would be a disaster story with merit. Instead it was just a disaster.

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Good but long

This was a good supernatural thriller, though a bit long. It was obvious early on where this story was headed and it took too long to get there. But the story was interesting and I was on the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to end.

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Uniquely New York Ghost Story.

Those of us born in NYC, and familiar with the beautiful Catskill Mountains, will appreciate this ghost story.

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Creepy, Chilling & Eerie

This was a fantastic, creepy story about events surrounding an old dam. I have noted several reviews that thought this book was too long or had too much information about the dam building process. I thought it was engrossing, creepy and chilling without being gory. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and I enjoyed the details. The characters were well written and the twists and turns unexpected. The only thing I didn't like was the rushed ending. This book could clearly have a follow up story and I would love to read it. I haven't been engrossed in a novel like this for a long time. I was doing a part nearly each day, there are six in total. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. John Bedford Lloyd did a wonderful job with the narration. I will definitely be picking up more books by this author.

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Loved this book!

I listened at every possible moment could. I was on the edge of my seat at some points! Not quite the degree of chilling as Stephen King, but right up there in the league! Highly recommend!

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great book - who thinks of this stuff? 😉

great book, I enjoyed it. I liked the narrators voice. it always amazes me what people come up with for stories

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Worth the Investment

This book is sort of Stephen King light. It took me some time to get my bearings though. I wish the author had just been a bit more straightforward at the outset. I prefer a Jaws beginning. Chomp! Ah, I see what the problem is. Once you get going, though, there are enough thrills and chills to keep your interest. However, you’ll never fully understand what’s going on, and you might as well ignore the facile philosophical trimmings. My biggest gripe, and I don’t consider this a spoiler, is that part of the central drama, the dynamic that moves the story at the outset is never resolved. If you read the book, I think you’ll get what I’m talking about. Nevertheless, if you’ve been avoiding modern fiction, as I have, this book might be a decent place for you to drop back in. While I wasn’t really “wowed” by it, I didn’t feel I wasted my money.