Monday, October 6, 2008

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: Project 17

Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Rating: 5/5

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. Locals have long believed the place to be haunted. They tell stories about the unmarked graves in the back, of the cold spots felt throughout the underground tunnels, and of the treasures found inside: patients' personal items like journals, hair combs, and bars of soap, or even their old medical records, left behind by the state for trespassers to view.

On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a film making contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

Stolarz writes another scary, thrilling, and suspenseful story with Project 17. The thought of going into an asylum that's been empty for 10 years is both spooky and disgusting and Stolarz creates a blood-chilling setting. With a enticing cast of characters and a terrifying, but thrilling suspense ride, this novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the first sentence to the very last word.

Stolarz writes with clear and terse words. She brings the amount a scare you need to make this novel enjoyable, time ten. The satisfying ending is a big plus. This is one of the most gratifying endings I have read in a long time. For those of you you are still unsure, think Blair Witch Project meets Breakfast Club.This book is amazing, so amazing I read until I finished it in 2 in a half hours. I recommend this book to anyone who likes horror stories or just to spend a night reading a bone-thrilling story.


  1. How ironic! I just picked this up at the library about an hour ago!!! I hope i love it as much as you did! Great review!!!

  2. I have wanted to read this book for forever!

    I have to get it soon.

    Thanks for the starred review.


  3. This sounds really good. That kind of stuff fascinates me! Great review! I'm gonna find this and check it out!

  4. This book sounds really good!!
    Ahh! So many good books & not enough time!!

  5. Awesome review Kelsey! Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it! :D

  6. I reaaally want to read this book!

  7. This book has to be my all time favorite, I HIGHLY recommend this book to the people that want Horror or ghost stories. it can also prove that underneath the mischief in teenagers, there is a lot more.

    great review.

  8. I read this book when it first came out in 2007, because I've been reading her works since I was eight in 2004. A great book by a great author. Contest still open for 2 days. Enjoy!!!!!

  9. Awesome. Its my favorite too. By the way, great review for the book :D


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