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Midnight Voices [Kindle Edition]

John Saul
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Book Description

What if insidious evil flourished in the one place where you feel most safe: your very own home? The chilling answer comes from New York Times bestselling master of suspense John Saul–in a new novel that makes terror a household word.

The sudden, tragic death of her husband leaves Carolyn Evans alone in New York City to raise an eleven year-old son and a twelve-year-old daughter on little money and even less hope. But then she meets and marries handsome, successful Anthony Fleming, who wins her heart and embraces her children. When Carolyn settles her family into Anthony’s spacious apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West, her fears of an uncertain future give way to a sense of abundant happiness. But soon, new terrors will come home to roost in the luxurious, exclusive building named The Rockwell. Midnight voices whisper of a cruel and hungry presence that also calls The Rockwell home.

First, Carolyn’s daughter begins to suffer from recurring nightmares of strangers in her room at night. Then her son insists that a neighbor’s recently deceased child isn’t dead at all–but being held captive somewhere in The Rockwell. And when Carolyn discovers a startling secret about Anthony’s past, it seems she, too, is falling victim to the creeping paranoia infecting her family. Should she doubt her perfect husband, their kindly fellow tenants, or her own sanity? Does someone–or something–in her new home have sinister designs on Carolyn and her children? Is her new life charmed or cursed?

Step across the threshold of The Rockwell–and into the dark realm of John Saul . . . in a spine-tingling novel that will haunt you wherever you live.


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Amazon.com Review

In a Rosemary's Baby meets Hansel and Gretel thriller, John Saul's Midnight Voices is packed with bump-in-the-night chills that will frighten and delight readers with its nostalgic nod to urban legends and campfire tales. With short, edgy chapters and all-too-vivid imagery, Midnight Voices begs to be enjoyed in one sitting, in the dark, huddled on the corner of your couch. As usual in Saul's world, strange things are afoot in the city, and the Evans family is the target.

At the heart of this spooky tale are the children, Laurie and Ryan Evans, who are unwittingly exposed to danger when their recently widowed mother marries widower Anthony Fleming. The too-good-to-be-anything-but-evil Fleming lives in the Rockwell, a building rumored to be inhabited by witches and vampires, that has the children in the neighborhood terrified:

"Amber's eyes were still fixed on the building. They were just stories, she told herself once again. They weren't true. But even as she silently spoke the words to herself, a strange chill of apprehension ran through her and she turned away ... I'll die, she thought. If I go in there, I'll die."

Of course, the newly married Caroline does not share the anxiety of her children, despite Fleming's Bluebeard-like determination to keep everyone out of his study, not to mention the horrible whispers and strange sounds coming from empty rooms in the middle of the night. It is this tension, and Caroline's dawning realization of her new husband's shortcomings, that drives the novel to its startling conclusion.

Saul uses familiar horror images--an ancient building with even older residents, creepy neighbors that are not quite right, whispers in your room after midnight--to spin a new tale of evil that will remind readers why one should always leave the closet light on. --Daphne Durham

From Publishers Weekly

Saul knows how to dish out thrills, and with a sly tribute to Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, as well as other horror classics, this latest pulp shocker should have fans lining up. Mother of two and widow of a murdered Central Park jogger, Caroline evans thinks she has found the answer to her prayers in her new husband, Anthony Fleming. The family moves into his apartment in the Rockwell, a storied old Upper West Side building. Ryan and Laurie, the children, quickly begin to have nightmares in which they are haunted by menacing voices, while Ryan realizes that he doesn't like his creepy stepfather. Elderly, eccentric neighbors bring them strangely flavored food. Laurie befriends ailing Rebecca, the foster child of a neighbor couple, who is mysteriously wasting away. Tension mounts when Rebecca's social worker, a close friend of Caroline's, can get no information from Rebecca's doctor - yet another elderly resident of the Rockwell - despite her threat to obtain a subpoena. Soon the social worker disappears, Rebecca follows on her heels and Laurie herself becomes ill with whatever Rebecca had. Meanwhile, the "niece" of an elderly neighbor, who looks suspiciously like a younger replica of the old woman, replaces her aunt in the Rockwell. Readers who appreciate Saul's homage to undead fiction will probably see the plot twists coming, but die-hard devotees should enjoy the chilling, sometimes gruesome goings-on at the Rockwell nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345433319
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJEMY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie Suspense May 28, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Suspense and murder set against the façade of an eerie New York apartment building form the backdrop for this latest novel from veteran author John Saul. When Caroline Evans' husband is murdered while jogging, her world is turned upside down. Trying to raise ten-year-old Ryan and twelve-year-old Laurie on the meager salary of an antique store employee, Caroline barely has enough money to survive. When she meets Tony Fleming, her circumstances seem to improve.
Upon their marriage, Caroline and her children move into Tony's apartment in The Rockwell, an ancient apartment building abounding with rumors of dead bodies and ghouls. Though many of the residents other than Tony are elderly, they seem unusually friendly towards the children even as Caroline begins to redecorate Tony's apartment. But Ryan's outspoken aversion to his kindly step-father and Laurie's nightmares put a damper on Caroline's newfound happiness. And when Laurie's sickness comes on the heels of the illness of their young neighbor Rebecca, Caroline begins investigating Tony's sacred study. The secrets she discovers there give Caroline a chilling sense of foreboding as Laurie's evil dreams intensify and she weakens further.
Mr. Saul has craftily executed the quintessential suspense/horror novel with the normality of the book's beginning being marred by the introduction of terrorizing elements. The mystery is a gradual evolution captivating the reader's attention. The only drawback is the somewhat abrupt ending after such a spellbinding build-up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really polished formula novel June 17, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Normally, I'm not a great John Saul fan. I don't think he has the breadth of Stephen King. However, he does spin a good tale now and then. This is one of his better ones.
Saul does rely on a well worn formula: small family facing a hideous, supernatural foe. Unlike King, whose protagonists can come from any place in society, Saul seems to like all his characters to be graduates of Ivy League institutions and be upper middle class. I would like him to tackle a high-school dropout hero.
Nevertheless, Saul does introduce several plot developments that make this a decidedly above average book. I particularly liked then ending. He does capture the feeling of Manhatten. Other touches shows that Saul has really grown in his genre. A book worth reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story, Excellent Narration August 4, 2004
By Serene
Format:Audio Cassette
When Caroline Evans's husband is murdered in Central Park, she thinks her life is over until she meets Tony Fleming a resident of a posh New York apartment building. Although her children are uneasy living in the Rockwell, Caroline hopes they will adjust with time. Although initially happy, her son and daughter are plagued by nightmares, and the building inhabitants are both cloying and creepy...Is the Rockwell more than it seems or are Caroline and the children just imagining things?

I picked up Midnight Voices only because it is narrated by my favorite narrator Aasne Vigesaa, and I was not disappointed. Aasne manages to capture the voices of Caroline Evans, her new husband Tony, and the creepy residents of the Rockwell apartment building to a T.

This book is not for the faint of heart, however. The residents of the Rockwell are truly terrible. Without giving details away, at times I was forced to fast forward certain scenes where torture was murder were described in detail. Fortunately these scenes were few. I had only a couple of peeves with this book. 1. Its never really clear what the ghoulish people in the Rockwell are doing with their victims. Also. Its never clear how they themselves got to be the way they are. 2. The key ring which Caroline has from the antique store is just a little too handy. Especially at the end. 3. Social Services never followed up with the Albions about Rebecca Mahew. 4. Finally, the residents of the Rockwell weren't too smart in their choice of victims.

Other than that, this was a compelling and gripping audiobook. I truly hope there is a sequel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Saul missed the mark. December 30, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Neo-gothic thriller writer John Saul takes the creepy hotel out of his novel 'The Right Hand of Evil' and sets it down next to Central Park West and then moves the youth sucking old people from his novel 'Darkness' into it and cooks up with one of his most lukewarm offerings in years, Midnight Voices. The novel starts off farily well, with a murder and a nightmare sequence that may or may not be an actual nightmare. Then its all downhill from there. By the fifty page mark it is clear to the genre savvy reader just what is going on in The Rockwell (that not too subtle ironic name, think Norman, is about as witty as Saul gets) and the reader must work through another two hundred or so pages before the characters figure out the plainly obvious, that evil inhabits The Rockwell. Not helping is that it is evil we have seen done before, to death, in better told tales. Longtime fans of Saul will no doubt read this out of obligation, but others will put it down long before the heroes figure out the danger they are in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DORIAN GRAY IN MANHATTAN August 8, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Caroline Evans, recently widowed has a lot on her plate. Her two young children, Ryan, 11 and Laurie, 13 chafe at their financial reversal. They are no longer able to attend the private school where they had established peer relationships; at the public school they now attend they often feel slighted.
Caroline's fortune appears to change at a chance encounter in a park. A casual conversation with a seemingly interested person leads her literally to love. She is soon introduced to Tony Fleming, a sophisticated gentleman who lives in Central Park West in a building many describe as being haunted. Shortly after their wedding, the family of four settles into the "haunted house" and frightening events become the norm. Only Ryan appears to be aware of the senior population and how they appear to be rejuvenating; even a portrait on the ceiling appears to reflect the ages of the established occupants.
The quest for youth appears to be the priority of the building's residents. Children disappear and the question is who and what is responsible. Is Tony what he seems? And does he really know Caroline and her children before he married her?
This chilling story will certainly keep readers engrossed until that last page is read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars invokes childhood fears of the things that move in the night
This is a good, creepy, claustrophobic book. As children we all feared the creatures in the dark that we imagine are whispering about us while we sleep. Here, they come alive. Read more
Published 3 days ago by L. Ruetz
3.0 out of 5 stars John Saul Books
I received the book pretty quick but I thought it was a bit more used than indicated when ordering. It's still a good deal.
Published 17 days ago by Shari Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars His books are always a good read.
I enjoy all of his books, so I am biased.

The prologue kind of irritated me on this one though I had to admit because I thought it went overboard.
Published 3 months ago by Froggirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of suspense
Good story line, plot, and ending. However long winded at times, but I like how saul fit everything together in the end. I would definitely recommend to horror or mystery fans.
Published 5 months ago by mark fetter
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best!!
I LOVE John Saul's work! He keeps you in suspense right up until the last page. All of his books have just the right balance to make them scary but almost believable.
Published 10 months ago by Barbara Molands
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As always John writes a suspension filled book.I read the hard copy of this book before I got the Amazon copy and I couldn't put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Voices
It kept me at the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend it to anyone who thrills on chills.
Published 14 months ago by Christe
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, scary, suspenseful
I have become a big fan of John Saul. This book continues my enjoyment of his writing style and concepts. Overall, a very interesting book that I enjoyed getting lost in.
Published on April 5, 2012 by TGJ22
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Saul
This is the first John Saul I have read and it definitely won't be the last. Mr. Saul is an incredible storyteller. Read more
Published on February 26, 2011 by William B. Bebout
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly my least favorite John Saul novel
Having read most of John Saul's books, I would rank Midnight Voices very near the bottom of the list. Read more
Published on November 25, 2010 by Daniel Jolley
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More About the Author

House of Reckoning is John Saul's thirty-sixth novel. His first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include Faces of Fear, In the Dark of the Night, Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, Nightshade, The Right Hand of Evil, The Presence, Black Lightning, The Homing, and Guardian. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling serial thriller The Blackstone Chronicles, initially published in six installments but now available in one complete volume. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Hawaii.

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