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The Night Strangers
by Bohjalian, Chris
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1. Bohjalian uses an unusual point of view for the crash scenesthe second-person "you." Why might he have chosen this method to recount the crash story? Is the technique off-putting ... or effective?
2. Why does Chris Bohjalian structure the back story of the crash as he doesunfolding it bit by bit as the story progresses? Why not recount it as one continuous chapter? What effect does spreading it out have on your reading of the novel?
3. When first reading, at what point did you begin to suspect that all is not well with the Linton family's neighbors? What early tell-tale signs did you pick up on? What first struck you as odd?
4. Why do the Linton's stay in the house even after they discover it's haunted?
5. Where you surprised, perhaps shocked, by the epilogue?
6. Comparisons of Bohjalian's book have been made to Stephen King's 1977 horror/ghost story, The Shining. Have you read King's bookor seen the film with Jack Nicholson? If so, how similar are the two stories?
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