Sokoloff's debut novel is an eerie ghost story that captivates readers from page one. The author creates an element of suspense that builds until the chillingly believable conclusion.

Baird College freshman Robin Stone has decided to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in her dorm, a former Victorian fraternity house. During a massive rainstorm, she's joined by other students: Patrick, a handsome jock; Martin, a troubled student; Lisa, every boy's friend; and Cain, a budding musician. When they unearth an old Ouija board, they get some very odd messages.

Soon, the unlikely group begins to believe that there's a sixth presence among them -- one that represents an indescribable evil. Upon learning of the death of a law student in their dorm eight decades ago, the five unite to fight the unseen evil before it can destroy all of them. (ST. MARTIN'S, Sep., 256 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick