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Publisher Description

Instant New York Times Bestseller
One of Fall 2019's Best Books (People, EW, Lithub, Vox, Washington Post, and more)
A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Christopher is seven years old.Christopher is the new kid in town.Christopher has an imaginary friend.
We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.
At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. for six long days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.
Twenty years ago, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower made readers everywhere feel infinite. Now, Chbosky has returned with an epic work of literary horror, years in the making, whose grand scale and rich emotion redefine the genre. Read it with the lights on.

Fiction & Literature
October 1
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

CBuening ,

Don’t Bother

Ok- This was a good story in the first half, but becomes much to biblical, repetitive and convoluted by the last few hundred pages that I almost had to ditch it (and I almost NEVER ditch a book, even if it’s bad). Such a shame that a good idea and beginning storyline had to loose its way like it did. Would love to see a total re-write!? What happened here?

Portia1001 ,

This is a sermon

Ok if you’re expecting to be flogged with the author’s religious beliefs over the last 400 pages. If you’re not, it’s an engaging read that abruptly devolves into an overly long sermon. I wouldn’t be irritated if I’d known what I was buying before I paid for it.

BirdieBecks ,

Good until it’s not....

The first half or even 3/4 of this book was so good. The character building and story lines were fantastic. Then the last 100 pages came and the term “jumping the shark” doesn’t begin to cover it. Disappointing at the end and super frustrating to finish.

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