Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Night House (October 2023)

By Jo Nesbo

October 29, 2023

In the wake of his parents’ tragic deaths, fourteen-year-old Richard Elauved has been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in the remote town of Ballantyne.

Richard quickly earns a reputation as an outcast, and when a classmate named Tom goes missing, everyone suspects the new, angry boy is responsible.  No one believes him when he says the telephone booth out by the edge of the woods sucked Tom into the receiver like something out of a horror movie.

No one, that it, except Karen, a beguiling fellow outsider who encourages Richard to pursue clues the police refuse to investigate.  He traces the number from the phone booth to an abandoned house in the woods.  There he catches a glimpse of a terrifying face in the window.  And then the voices start…

When another classmate disappears, Richard must find a way to prove his innocence as he grapples with the dark magic that is possessing Ballantyne.


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