2018 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Best YA Novel
Ever since sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine, she’s had nightmares. And not just the usual ones. These are inside her, pulling her, calling her back, drawing her to a door, a house, a place, a time. Full of fear, full of danger. So this summer, Natalie is going back to Bernier to face up to a few things: the reason she left town in the first place; the boy she’s trying hard not to trust; and the door in her dreams. But once she goes through the door, into a murky past, she’s entangled in someone else’s world. And only Natalie can help right the wrongs of both the past and the present. Breakthrough author Gillian French skillfully weaves together themes of small town bullies, unsolved murders, time travel, and the force of the spirit in this gripping paranormal thriller. Published by Islandport Press.
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Critical Praise for THE DOOR TO JANUARY:
“Chilling and suspenseful, this paranormal thriller with a touch of romance will keep readers on the edges of their seats.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will feel connected to Natalie and her plight of past, present, and future, and though there are supernatural elements to the story, the emotions and feelings are all too real. […] A provocative mystery that would be a strong purchase for libraries’ supernatural/mystery collections.” –School Library Journal
“French expertly builds tension and dread in masterful fashion in this truly frightening paranormal thriller, weaving the storylines to a climax that will leave readers gasping.” –IndiePicks Magazine
“[a] fast-paced cliffhanger.” –VOYA Reviews
“This novel was ever-changing; every time I thought I had it pinned down it grew and matured and turned in a direction I wasn’t quite expecting.” –The Suspense is Thrilling Me
“This is definitely a book I’ll be recommending to friends and basically all of the young adults I come across.” –The Geeky Yogi
“…the slow unraveling of the house’s history, the increasing tension around Natalie’s flashbacks to a distant crime, and the creepy but pitiable spirits that haunt her all come together to make a spine-tingling tale.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books