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ISBN: 0739462156
Pages 318 pages
Publisher KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.; First edition (2005)
Language English
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Rating: 4.9
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I've read it 15 times keeps you on edge and I love the background story. Does Therese make more books?
not what I expected
I had never heard of author Terese Pampellonne until I came across her book "The Unwelcome Child" in a used bookstore. The premise of the story seemed interesting and I finished it within two days. The story is quite compelling and well-written - Annie Wojtoko is a B-grade actress who makes a comfortable living in NY and happy with her independent and free-spirited life. When she gets a distress call from her best-friend since childhood, Jan Hostetter, she decides to visit her friend. Jan and her husband Kevin have recently bought and moved into an old Victorian home in a place called Sea Thistle Hill, near Martha's Vineyard. The house itself has a sordid history - it used to be a home for unmarried mothers and also an abortion clinic, run by a sinister woman named Sybil Clayton who was convicted of murdering five infants and sent to Eloise asylum to live out the rest of her days.

When Annie arrives, Jan is about seven months pregnant and behaving weirdly - she confides in Annie that her marriage is in trouble, and also that she feels her pregnancy is due to the house's 'influence', specifically, she thinks it's due to the spirit of a dead girl who used to live there, Sybil's daughter. Jan is also under the sinister influence of Gail Ruskers, a seventy-year- old midwife who tells Jan that her baby will die if Jan leaves the house.

With all of these weird happenings, it is left up to Annie to try and help Jan. Annie is a cynic about the supernatural, but as she spends more time in the house, she finds her cynicism being challenged as she herself experiences all sorts of strange and inexplicable occurences. The rest of the story deals with what happens to Jan and her baby and Annie's struggles to help her friend.

I found the story was well-developed - of all the characters, Annie Wojtoko's is the most well-delineated and developed and she comes across as a likable woman who has some past issues to deal with. She is also strong and sticks to her convictions, and what makes her all the more appealing is her ability to see humor even in the most trying times. Jan's character seemed a typical stereotype to me - of the weak-willed hypocondriac who is easily manipulated. It was hard to feel sympathy for her character. There are other characters that are interesting like Ryan, Jan's opinionated lesbian sister and Gail Rusker, the sinister midwife with a hidden agenda.

All in all, I found this novel to be a riveting read. If you are a fan of horror authors like John Saul, you might enjoy this. I tried looking for other works by this author, but sadly could not find any. Final verdict: an above-average supernatural read.
This book tried to be an edge of your seat thriller, but it fell short of the mark. In fact, the whole story fell short of anything but competely silly.

Annie travels to Martha's Vineyard to help out her pregnant friend Jan and Jan's husband, Kevin. The house Jan and Kevin are living in turns out to be rich in abortion history. It was once a home for wayward girls. The head mistress of the home brewed a tea concoction which induced labor before it's time. Babies who were born full term were smothered in their sleep. Jan's midwife is a scary individual who is in complete control of Jan and has even convinced Jan that she can't leave the house or allow a doctor to examine her or else her unborn child will die.

The story trys to incorporate spirits, horror, and mystery, but just reads like a middle-schooler's attempt at writing a book. I don't know where the author was trying to go during this story, but she ended up stalled out in the middle of nowhere without a triple A membership. I gave it 2 stars because anyone who makes the effort deserves one star and the fact that the book had brief creepy moment awards it another star. My overall advice is there's too many great books out there to waste your time on this one.
Somewhere underneath all those silly character stereotypes is a decent story screaming to get out. Unfortunately, I found myself chuckling at the absurdity of things more often than I was creeped-out by the horror of the story. None of the characters is very likable or even remotely sympathetic. With the exception of the ghost, you get the impression every other major character brings most of their misery upon themselves. It's hard to root for the heroine when you spend most of the read shaking your head and/or laughing at her. Again, there's a decent story buried amidst the political and social stereotypes. If you're willing to overlook a good deal of silliness, it's a decent enough story to kill a few hours.
Terrific read with people acting and reacting the way REAL people would when facing odd and frightening situations.

The only problem I had was that in a book about pregnancy and pro-life versus pro-choice, it seems EVERY character is either pregnant, miscarries, had an abortion, is an orphan, etc. It gets a little over the top, the story is maybe 50 pages too long, but it breezes along nicely and I look forward to more by this writer.
I couldn't put this book down! I loved everything about it. The characters are very real - and ANNIE is hysterical. What an amazing combination: it's a thriller in every sense of the word - really scary - but the author has such a great sense of humor, there's always comic relief around the corner. Some of the best dialogue I've ever read. Also love that it's driven by a serious issue - abortion - and shows you both sides without being preachy. It would make a great feature film. I will read everything Pampellone writes!
I read a decent amount of new horror/suspense novels, and most of them aren't very engaging. Obviously, since I wrote a cover blurb for the book, I recommend this one, but blurbs don't tell the whole story. The Unwelcome Child has a lot to say about motherhood, loss, longing, and living despite it all. At turns creepy and uplifting, it's a ride you won't soon forget. I can't wait for Pampellone's next.

Thriller writer Scott Nicholson