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The Dark Between Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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Had to wait to review this since a student grabbed it out of my hands as soon as I read it. She just finished and the two of us have promised to buy all the copies at our local bookstore IF Sonia Gensler starts working on the sequel. NOW! Yesterday!!
Kate, Asher, Elsie. No more different three young people, and yet here they are, at Summerfield College in Cambridge. Each has a connection to the popular world of Spiritualism, and each is trying to run from a painful past.
The atmosphere of Summerfield is a character in and of itself -- mysterious, evocative. Menacing and nurturing. Sonia creates mood through setting as well as any author I know.
We see the concept of Spiritualism from several different points of view, and we are left to make up our own minds about the truth of messages from the dead. I love the plausibility of the explanations and discussions.
I gravitate to character, and there are so many to love. Kate...alone in this world, willing to work hard, no-nonsense. Kate, who thinks the best of everyone, even though she's been treated badly by this world. Kate is smart and sassy and willing to take risks.
Asher, so sad and confused. Running away from a father whose ideas Asher must reject, just as he rejected the man. Uncertain of his appeal, dazzled by the wrong girl for the wrong reason. Unbending in his beliefs, but so willing to help a friend.
And Elsie...maddening, fragile Elsie. Her own mother drugs her rather than believe Elsie's claims of being able to communicate with the dead. Love-sick Elsie who doesn't see her own power and influence.Read more ›
Sonia Gensler's new book is a magnificent work of fiction. I loved every page of it. Revolving around spiritualism and seances - two subjects I find extremely fascinating - The Dark Between is quite eerie and dark, but also very fun to read. And the fabulous cast of colorful characters makes this book even more entertaining and absorbing. Kate, Elsie and Asher are so very different from each other, and yet they make such an awesome team! I can't tell you which one of these wonderful characters I liked the most. One thing for sure, I connected with all of them. Kate's background story was probably the most heartbreaking one and I often found myself wanting to hug her, protect her, comfort her (not that she needed that, she was so tough and brave!). The beautiful and fragile Elsie was equally fascinating, though not nearly as strong and sassy as Kate. Asher was the perfect gentlemen - at least until you got under his skin - charming, protective and chivalrous. They all have dark pasts filled with secrets, they're all running away from something, and they're all real and three-dimensional. I loved watching them interact with each other and thought the dynamics of their relationship was crackling with sweet chemistry!
I loved, loved, loved the historical backdrop, as well as the lushly described settings! Sonia incorporated enough period detail into her story to make you feel like you were there, right in the middle of it all, breathing the same air as her characters.Read more ›
Mood and atmosphere collide with intrigue, romance, and a touch of horror. The Dark Between is smartly-researched and perfectly executed. Gensler elegantly blends historical fiction with the paranormal in an engaging, page-turning plot that will hook readers from the very beginning and keep them racing through the pages until the very last one.
And while the book ties up most threads neatly, Gensler leaves room for a sequel — something readers will definitely be craving (both for more twisting plot lines, and additional time with the excellent characters)!
The Dark Between is a seductive novel chock-full of genre-blending perfection that will capture the imaginations of readers at every plot twist. I would gladly read a sequel!
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I became addicted to Sonia Gensler's books after reading her debut novel, The Revenant. I was instantly drawn in by her writing style. The Dark Between was no different. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JenMcMur
My wife couldn't put this book down and said I "just had to read it". While I may not gravitate to stories dominated by young characters "The Dark Between" is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dennis Kehoe
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-dark-between-by-sonia-gensler. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
The cover on this book is quite disturbing and suits this story beautifully. Set in the early nineteen-hundreds, you are taken back into a world that is darkly simple and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kim Heimbuch
In the early 1900s, Kate, Asher, and Elsie meet in Cambridge, England and despite their different backgrounds, band together to solve a murder mystery. Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Anne Broyles
Excellent--kept me guessing! Loved the seance and the girl who saw ghosts. Author's writing continues strong. Is there a second book coming?Published on February 18, 2014 by Cheryl Zach
This is the first book of Sonia Genslers that I have read so I am not sure if this book being labeled YA has anything to do with her being pegged as a YA writer or not but this is... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Okay, so I got a little excited with this book, but I just LOVE ghost stories! And good ones at that! Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by S. Shamma
I really can't tell you how surprised I was at The Dark Between. I picked it up on a whim and it held me captive from beginning to end! I really, really enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Fritosgirl