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From Away Paperback – 13 February 2018
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Sammy Kehoe, his sister, Charlotte, and her four-year-old daughter, Maggie, are all each other have left since the car accident that killed the rest of their family. When they visit their beloved old family home on remote Fox Island, Maine, Sammy and Charlotte each have relationship sparks with island locals. But the budding idyll is shattered when Sammy and Maggie's unexplained abilities to "see things" are put to the test when dangerous ghosts from the past resurface. At first, this novel about an unusual and loving family draws readers in with warmth and intrigue―and then it builds with suspense that makes it impossible to put down.
"I loved this book―it's the best take on ghosts and how they work that I've ever read. Scary and mad but real, with crackling dialogue, From Away is a rare creature: a proper novel and a proper ghost story. I massively enjoyed it."
― Steven Moffat, co-creator of Sherlock and writer/producer of Dr. Who
"From Away is a complex, surprising, and haunting novel. Sutton's trademark wit lives within these pages, but here he reaches deeper, into a dark place, and finds something richer, something more human, than in any of his previous books. This is a page-turner of a different kind: mysterious, weird, and deeply affecting."
― Tod Goldberg, New York Times–bestselling author of Gangsterland and Living Dead Girl
"Phoef Sutton's From Away is a unique trip of a book. It starts off as a family drama, then morphs into an intense ghost story. It's about finding love in the real world and finding freedom to escape into the real hereafter. It's funny, wild, and touching, and not like any other novel I've ever read. Check it out."
― Robert Ward, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain
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-- Steven Moffat, co-creator of Sherlock and writer/producer of Dr. Who From Away is a complex, surprising, and haunting novel. Sutton's trademark wit lives within these pages, but here he reaches deeper, into a dark place, and finds something richer, something more human, than in any of his previous books. This is a page-turner of a different kind: mysterious, weird, and deeply affecting.
-- Tod Goldberg, New York Times-bestselling author of Gangsterland and Living Dead Girl Phoef Sutton's From Away is a unique trip of a book. It starts off as a family drama, then morphs into an intense ghost story. It's about finding love in the real world and finding freedom to escape into the real hereafter. It's funny, wild, and touching, and not like any other novel I've ever read. Check it out.
-- Robert Ward, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain "What's lovely about From Away is its ability to be unassuming. Sam is a skeptic, and he doesn't exactly love having this gift of sight. He's just a screw-up without a plan, trying to make his sister and niece feel safe and loved, even as he craves the reassurance for himself. His narration is full of self-deprecating humor without being overly self-conscious, and he's able to surprise with occasional nuggets of wisdom... While Sam's spooks are very real in the novel, they also serve as a broader metaphor that explores the complexities of grief: how isolating it can be, how destabilizing it is and how connection and love help us to live through it."
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- Publisher : Prospect Park Books (13 February 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1945551100
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945551109
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
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The story is told by a twenty-something erstwhile video store clerk to his four year old niece, written as a sort of diary to her to read on her twenty-first birthday. They both share the ability to see ghosts, or “spooks” as he calls them. One spook who haunts them is a little girl named Jellica. Though the narrative is neither scary nor suspenseful, at least the backstory involving Jellica was interesting.
But with few exceptions the chapters beginning mid-way through the book and beyond describing bad dreams, an instructional manual for mediums, Mrs. Day’s philosophy of life, the behavior of ghosts, and the book as a whole were a struggle to finish. I lost the struggle and gave up at 74%.
Although Chapter 24 in particular was very well written, I skimmed the remaining 26% of the book hoping the story would come to an unpredictable conclusion. It didn’t.
Others might have used the opportunity to refuel so they could return to “real life,” rested and ready to be productive. But Sammy has problems. For starters, he can’t stop seeing the dead and desperately wishes they would leave him the hell alone. Can that explain why at way past college age, he still works in a video rental store?
In lesser hands, the premise of this novel would have played out as maudlin and uninteresting. But the way this author describes Sammy’s state of mind as he tells the story—accompanied often by wry, even side-splitting observations—drew me into this strange family, wanting more than anything to learn how they would extricate themselves from their collective morass which, if left unchecked, could have a lasting adverse effect on Charlotte’s daughter, Maggie.
If you like ghost stories that are fresh and modern and feature plenty of humor, then I highly recommend From Away. You won’t be disappointed.
The characters were superficial until about halfway through the story, and then we began to get some more in depth background on them to understand why they acted, reacted and did some of the things they did. The book would have much less confusing and a better read if the reader had some of that information up front.
I did think the storyline was very good and the plot interesting. I just would have liked a little more information on the characters upfront to make it easier to understand.
This book was very much a departure from those novels, a real ghost story. There have been ghost stories that have been deemed classics which I have read (and I don’t want to list them here because I don’t want to make disparaging remarks about particular books). However, they simply did not live up to the hype.
This was a stand out. It was scary but also extremely moving and very, very funny. This is, without question, a five star book. Somehow, I doubt that there will be a sequel but it would be very welcome!