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The Stranger House (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Reginald Hill

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Title:The Stranger House
Authors:Reginald Hill
Info:Avon (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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A supernatural/crytographical/archaelogical/historical mystery broadly in the mode that was quite popular post Da Vinci Code. This one enriched by the setting (a Cumberland village) and the more than usually competent execution. Not that there aren't problems: the two lead characters are not good enough to carry the weight of the narrative, but they are saved by some interesting and better-done peripheral characters. There's an arbitrariness to the plot which really demands a more prominent role for some notion of providence, but Hill seems ambivalent about this and even appears to rehash some of the religious arguments surrounding the works of Richard Dawkins. In the end it's all a tad hokey, so not great by any stretch, but an engaging read. ( )
  ehines | Apr 28, 2014 |
Meh. Didn't really come through with those ghosts and passions and whatnot it promised. And I found the heroine rather unlikable. ( )
  LisaFoxRomance | Apr 6, 2014 |
I thought the opening of this book, though interesting, was a little slow and confusing. However, I'm very glad I kept reading, because once I got into it, I couldn't put this book down. A great cast of characters. It's not part of any of Hill series. Highly recommended. ( )
  y2pk | Jun 3, 2013 |
Reginald Hill has written dozens of books, but this is the first one that I have read. The Stranger House follows two people, Australian mathematician Samantha Flood and Spanish ex-almost-priest Miguel Madero, who travel to a small British town called Illthwaite to search out the history of their respective families. The novel is filled with a lot of coincidences, a small dash of the supernatural, a bunch of eccentric and memorable characters, and so many twists that you're still twisting in the final pages.

It could be really preposterous, the way that Sam and Miguel arrive at the exact same moment with interlocking stories. However, if you take Miguel at his word that ghosts have guided him through his life to this moment, and accept this as a semi-ghost story, it becomes easier to swallow as well as a more interesting story.

I liked the relationships between everyone, and I especially liked that the female lead is a mathematical genius. How often does someone create a female character like that? There is also a generous sprinkling of various parts of history, which is always a plus. I'm definitely going to check out a few more of Hill's novels, including a long-running series about Yorkshire detectives. ( )
  BrookeAshley | May 21, 2013 |
Impossible to put this book down.. Reginald Hill is endlessly inventive. Two very diverse and fascinating characters meet in an old inn, both searching for information from the past, with surprising results. ( )
  darkchocolate | Mar 23, 2010 |
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For more than five hundred years weary travelers have been coming to the Stranger House—an out-of-the-way inn in the tiny village of Illthwaite in Cumbria, England. Now two very different visitors have arrived here on the same dank and dreary autumn afternoon, each one driven by curiosity . . . and perilous purpose.

Australian math wizard Samantha "Sam" Flood is here searching for answers to a disturbing family mystery. Miguel Madero, former novice priest-turned-historical scholar, is exploring the links between an ancestor's bizarre disappearance and the people of Illthwaite. But Sam and Mig are not welcome in this town of secrets and silences. And when their personal quests become strangely intertwined, two determined seekers will find themselves drawn ever deeper into a fetid morass of deceit, mystery, and violence as they race to uncover the shocking truth about who they really are.

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Things move slowly in the village of Illthwaite, but that changes when two strangers arrive in the village to dig up bits of the past locals would rather keep buried. The antipathy between Sam Flood and Miguel Madero is obvious but as they follow their separate quests their paths become increasingly entangled.… (more)

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