The Dead Path

The Dead Path

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Do you remember the last time a book gave you the chills? The Dead Path is the ghost story we've been waiting for.

A haunting vision in the woods sets off a series of tragic events, leaving Nicholas Close lost amid visions of ghosts trapped in their harrowing, final moments. These uniquely ter­rifying apparitions lead him on a thrilling and suspenseful ride to confront a wicked soul, and will leave an indelible mark on lovers of high-quality suspense and horror alike.

Nicholas Close has always had an uncanny intuition, but after the death of his wife he becomes haunted, literally, by ghosts doomed to repeat their final violent moments in a chilling and endless loop. Torn by guilt and fearing for his sanity, Nicholas returns to his childhood home and is soon entangled in a dis­turbing series of disappearances and  murders--both as a sus­pect and as the next victim of the malignant evil lurking in the heart of the woods.

Stephen M. Irwin is the kind of debut author that readers love to discover--and rave about to all their friends. His electric use of language, stunning imagery, and suspenseful pacing are all on full display here. The Dead Path is a tour de force of wild imagination, taut suspense, and the creepiest, scariest setting since the sewers in Stephen King's It .
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2009.
ISBN: 9780385533430
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 21, 2015

"I see dead people", "Ghost whisperer", druids, spiders, spells, witches... In this book you will find all of that and much more. But somehow despite all those supernatural things the author could put some seriousness in the topic, and manner of narration is wonderful, smooth.

linjacobson May 02, 2013

Excellent read. Very Stephen King in some ways ..... kids, magic, good vs bad story line. Well written with good character development. NOT for people with a spider phobia!

Feb 05, 2013

I rarely pick up a novel to read these days considering my work schedule and life; it's usually more fast fiction and brain candy (graphic novels and how-to's). But I saw this book on the reshelf cart at my local branch and was struck by the image and title. I skimmed the summary and thought that it sounded interesting but didn't have the time. The description given though nagged at me and finally I bargained to take it home. I'm glad I did. It harkens back to the 80's/ 90'spaperback horrors my parent would give me to read. The greatest difference is that Irwin has used his surrounding very well, has comfortably married language and characterization fabulously and allowed the disparate storylines to marry themselves into a exhilirating ending. What hooked me was the first chapter; Irwin wasn't afraid to expose the reader to a sad yet explosive plotline especially considering this is his first novel. In short, I loved it! Yes, there are a few language choices for younger readers that can be seen as objectionable but, when overviewed with the entire storyline and taken into context, these choices only extend the story. I highly recommend checking out this book and look forward to reading more from this author

Jul 07, 2012

Good Horror. Very much in the new literary horror genre.

debwalker May 13, 2011

Stephen M. Irwin won the Book-of-the-Month Club First Fiction Award for his novel The Dead Path (Doubleday). Previous winners of the prize include Push by Sapphire and Justin Cronin's Mary and O'Neil.

"Discovering and promoting new authors is something we've been doing for 85 years here at the club," said Deborah Sinclaire, BOMC editor-in-chief. "This award is our way of recognizing authors whose debut novels have had a powerful impact on our editorial team as well as our readers."

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 05, 2011

Gripping plot, well-developed characters. A mix of horror, fantasy and thriller. Set in a small Australian town and the mysterious, haunted woods filled with an evil, supernatural creature who is killing children. A stay up all night sort of book.

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