Inspired by the real-life, world-famous ESP experiments conducted by Dr. J.B. Rhine in the Duke University parapsychology department.
After experiencing a precognitive dream that shatters her engagement and changes her life forever, young California psychology professor Laurel MacDonald decides to get a fresh start by taking a job at Duke University in North Carolina. She soon becomes obsessed with the long-buried files from the world-famous Rhine parapsychology experiments, which attempted to prove if ESP really exists.
Along with another charismatic professor, she uncovers disturbing reports, including a mysterious case of a house supposedly haunted by a poltergeist, investigated by another research team in 1965. The two professors and two exceptionally gifted Duke students move into the grand, abandoned mansion to replicate the investigation, unaware that the entire original team ended up insane... or dead.
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"Sokoloff keeps her story enticingly ambiguous, never clarifying until the climax whether the unfolding weirdness might be the result of the investigators' psychic sensitivities or the mischievous handiwork of a human villain."
"A creepy haunted house, reports of a 40-year-old poltergeist investigation, and a young researcher trying to rebuild her life take the "publish or perish" initiative for college professors to a terrifying new level in this spine-tingling story that has every indication of becoming a horror classic. Based on the famous Rhine ESP experiments at the Duke University parapsychology department that collapsed in the 1960s, this is a chillingly dark look into the unknown." 4 1/2 stars
—Romantic Times Book Review
"Sokoloff shines, and deserves kudos for her crisp, direct style, excellent characterization, and for weaving the real life history of the Duke Rhine lab into her own fictional landscape."
"One of the better books I've read this year... sure to please readers with the most discerning taste."
"A masterful blend of fascinating fact and chilling fiction."
"Sokoloff has provided a new and interesting twist to the genre, one that will stay with the reader long after the book has been read... the hair on the back of my neck may never lie down."
"Gave this reviewer a bad night's sleep—what more could you ask from a horror novel?"
"The Unseen takes you on a breathless ride you'll never forget: atmospheric, spooky, intense. The suspense starts on page one, tightening the noose on every page with increasing velocity to a stunning, fearsome climax. Sokoloff has created a chilling, fantastic supernatural thriller that will have you fearing what you can't see."
—Allison Brennan, NYT bestselling author of Sudden Death
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, May 2009, ISBN: 9780312384708
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mass Market Paperback, May 2010, ISBN: 9780312389529