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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller
A creepy haunted house, reports of a 40-year-old poltergeist investigation and a young researcher trying to rebuild her life take the "publish or perish" initiative for college professors to a terrifying new level in this spine-tingling story that has every indication of becoming a horror classic. Based on the famous Rhine ESP experiments at the Duke University parapsychology department that collapsed in the 1960s, this is a chillingly dark look into the unknown.
Psychology professor Laurel MacDonald has moved to Durham, N.C., to start over after a broken engagement. She becomes fascinated by the parapsychology program and begins to delve into the files she finds buried in the basement of the college's massive library. Joined by fellow professor Brendan Cody, Laurel tracks down Folger House, the subject of poltergeist activities. Brendan and Laurel prepare to replicate the experiments held there four decades before -- experiments that left the participants either dead or insane. (ST. MARTIN'S, Jun., 320 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Pat Cooper
Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S
Published: June 2009