Sunday, June 28, 2009
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking 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 dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. 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.
Boy, did this book give me the creeps. I would definitely not have been able to do what these six teenagers did. I am a huge believer in the paranormal and would have bailed this break-in before I was ever offered the part. I loved the way the story was told in changing point of views and got the chance to feel what everyone was feeling. While this is definitely a mystery book, it also has romance and deals with family issues. This book even had me laughing out loud at times. Project 17 was a pretty easy read (read it in one day,) but was indeed a excellent book. I recommend this book to mystery and drama lovers.
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