The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff

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Baird College's Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of the last home-bound students heading off for Thanksgiving break, and Robin Stone swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. Or perhaps it's only gathering itself for the coming weekend.
 
As a massive storm dumps rain on the isolated campus, four other lonely students reveal themselves: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and finally Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.
 
The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of a sixth presence disturbing the ominous silence that pervades the building. Are they the victims of a simple college prank taken way too far, or is the unusual energy evidence of something genuine---and intent on using the five students for its own terrifying ends? It's only Thursday afternoon, and they have three long days and dark nights before the rest of the world returns to find out what's become of them. But for now it's just the darkness keeping company with five students nobody wants and no one will miss.
 

About Alexandra Sokoloff

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ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF live in Los Angeles. The Harrowing is her first novel.
 
Published December 9, 2011 by Murderati Ink. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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(The jock, the musician, the party-girl, the nerd and the confused protagonist with the lousy home life: Here’s a perfectly serviceable teen movie in the making.) Whiling away a holiday afternoon playing with a Ouija board, they manage to awaken an ancient demon that’s haunted the dorm for close ...

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Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.

The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of another presence disturbing the building's ominous silence.

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Spinetingler Magazine

But these students have qualities that make them older than their chronological years, and their "ghost" soon proves to have odd, alarming qualities that the five will spend the rest of the book exploring.

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Red Room

However, from the very beginning, there is an uneasy tone to the work, a sense that all is not right, a low-throated holiday hysteria as a dormful of college students prepare for a trip home during a Thanksgiving Day weekend.

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The students find themselves in a life or death battle with true evil, with nowhere to hide from its gaze.

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