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The Red Thread: A Novel in Three Incarnations (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) Hardcover – March 6, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416908943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416908944
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up—Sixteen-year old Dana Landgrave has nightmares of a boy being sealed into a small space by a man he previously trusted. The dreams rob her of sleep and render her somewhat claustrophobic. Her therapist convinces Dana to undergo past-life regression therapy, on the supposition that her dreams are actually memories of a previous incarnation. As the story unfolds, readers learn of two previous lives, each of which features some people from her current existence in their earlier forms. Dana even travels to Great Britain with her family and boyfriend, where she confirms some past-life memories. This story has the feeling of the movie Dead Again, in which characters from a previous existence have unexpected roles in this life. In The Red Thread, though, the roles are fairly well telegraphed—the creepy shrink is actually a bad guy from the 16th century. Rather than drama, Townley uses melodrama. Instead of a clever resolution of plot strands, the over-the-top climax features water raging below in an open storm sewer and a crucifix filed to a deadly point. There are a few factual problems as well, including a shrink who has some difficulty with his own terminology, describing himself as a schizophrenic when he is portrayed as someone with multiple personality disorder. The titular red thread even turns out to be something of a loose end.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Dana Landgrave's nightmares and visions have gotten so bad that her therapist, Dr. Sprague, convinces her to try past-life regression. The results are a shock. First, she is transported back to eighteenth-century London and into the body of the matronly niece of a cruel artist. Disturbing as that is, it's far less terrifying than the life Dana thinks she lived during the 1500s--that of a murderer. While Dana struggles to find out more about her past, she is also negotiating the present: dealing with her demanding mother; watching her injured brother struggle to regain use of his legs; and spending time with her perfect boyfriend, who sticks by her despite her anger, confusion, and unswerving pursuit of her former lives. It's tough to get emotionally invested in a young woman who isn't particularly likable, and the history, the most interesting part of the novel, lacks the attention given to Dana's less-involving present. What's best here are^B the deliciously scary premise and the melodramatic outcome, which manages to pull most of the threads together. Stephanie Zvirin
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Format: Hardcover
How do you avenge or forgive your own murder four hundred years after it happened? A teen's recurring dreams reveals not only an old crime but the linkage of souls through three lifetimes in a repeating drama only Dana might be able to break. Her journey to find the heart of truth and to break the chain of repeated events makes for a gripping time travel/ghost story that is compelling and hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April J. Rosenthal on May 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dana has horrible nightmares, is having trouble in school and is seeing a counselor. Together, they determine Dana's problems are rooted in the past - past lives. Dana's search for the truth takes her on an adventure that is riveting. I started this book at 3pm and finished at 2 am! The author's view of history and how it may affect some people is fascinating. He includes some twists and turns that makes the reader continue truning pages. His characters are very true to life without gratuitious bad language or sex. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marina Felix on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Full of suspense, mysticism, and action this is a great book if you want to forget about your every-day life for several hours. It will take you away on an adventure you won't believe. I couldn't put it down, wanting to know what happened next. Can't believe there aren't more reviews for it. An awesome book!
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