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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Justin Evans Narrator: Christian Coulson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in a four-hundred-year-old boys' boarding school in London, a chilling gothic thriller by the author of the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child . . .

A fierce and jealous ghost . . .

A young man's fight for his life . . .

The Harrow School is home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance and schoolboy cruelty. Seventeen-year-old American Andrew Taylor is enrolled in the esteemed British institution by his father, who hopes that the school's discipline will put some distance between his son and his troubled past in the States.

But trouble—and danger—seem to follow Andrew. When one of his schoolmates and friends dies mysteriously of a severe pulmonary illness, Andrew is blamed and is soon an outcast, spurned by nearly all his peers. And there is the pale, strange boy who begins to visit him at night. Either Andrew is losing his mind, or the house legend about his dormitory being haunted is true.

When the school's poet-in-residence, Piers Fawkes, is commissioned to write a play about Byron, one of Harrow's most famous alumni, he casts Andrew in the title role. Andrew begins to discover uncanny links between himself and the renowned poet. In his loneliness and isolation, Andrew becomes obsessed with Lord Byron's story and the poet's status not only as a literary genius and infamous seducer but as a student at the very different Harrow of two centuries prior—a place rife with violence, squalor, incurable diseases, and tormented love affairs.

When frightening and tragic events from that long-ago past start to recur in Harrow's present, and when the dark and deadly specter by whom Andrew's been haunted seems to be all too real, Andrew is forced to solve a two-hundred-year-old literary mystery that threatens the lives of his friends and his teachers—and, most terrifyingly, his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The White Devil is a page-turning tour de force. Both a thoughtful and learned homage to the ghost story, and a clever and compelling rethinking of the genre, this is an amazing, frightening, and believable novel. I loved it.”

    David Liss, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Demonic possession, the provocative topic of Justin Evans’s first novel, A Good and Happy Child, takes on a literary twist and a sexual jolt in The White Devil. . . . Evans heaps an assortment of gothic embellishments onto this coming-of-age narrative.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chilling-to-the-bone…Deliciously frightening, The White Devil is a literary scare story in an earlier tradition before vampires ruled the day, or at least the genre.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Gripping…[A] disturbing gothic thriller.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Jenn Bigelow | 2/7/2014

    " Boarding school story + ghost story + Lord Byron mystery = great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carmen | 1/31/2014

    " Though not "scary," I found this book to have its creepy moments here and there. Justin Evans is indeed a fantastic writer. Andrew Taylor, an American sent to a British boarding school due to previous behavioral issues in America, discovers he has a strange connection to school's ghost. As Andrew attempts to uncover his connection with the spirit, it only become more malevolent - hurting those Andrew gets closer to. This was definitely an interesting read though I didnt completely love the story. I am not disappointed that I read it. If I could, I'd probably bump this up to 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Nowakowski | 1/31/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book, I was on the edge of my seat whilst reading. The plot is fab, a perfect example of the ghost story genre. The characters are good. I thought at first it was a teen book due to the age of the protagonists but due to the nature of the story and the language I thinkits definitely adult! I really enjoyed it and didn't read through to the end because I enjoyed it so much and didn't want to spoil it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tavia | 1/29/2014

    " It's not as scary as I would have thought, but it's still an interesting read. I do like books that try to solve mysteries from the past. "

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