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THE WHITE DEVIL


By Justin Evans

Harper, 2011 ($24.99)
ISBN-10: 0061728276
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-172827-3

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Fans of gothic thrillers will want to put THE WHITE DEVIL at the top of their reading list!

The author expertly combines a murder mystery with a ghost story, set in a very British boarding school, as a young student fights to survive...the past and present. Is the school haunted as some believe? Who, or what, is the pale boy who visits Andrew in his dormitory at night? Is Andrew losing his mind? Or is the visitor from the past? The boarding school has a 200-year history. Not all of it the idyllic environment one might wish for young students.

The author writes with a compelling (and creepy) storytelling style. Readers will be entranced and reluctant to put the book aside as they turn page after page until the conclusion. Comparisons to the writings of Shirley Jackson, by other reviewers, seem apt. It's not easy to write a disturbing tale these days when so much in our world is disturbing, but Justin Evans has succeeded admirably.

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