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Caraliza [Kindle Edition]

Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick

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Product Description

Product Description

A seventy-five year old secret waits in a lovely old portrait studio, at the end of a street in New York City's Lower East Side. It is a secret, that drove to madness, a renowned photographer, 'Papa' Menashe Reisman, and left him to waste and die in his own studio, but haunted by every photograph he tries to take. When his great-grand daughter, Shelly, begs to have the old building, for a new renovation, she awakens more than any secret that Papa kept. She also awakens something darker, more evil, across the street, under the stoop, down a foul stair; where Caraliza was kept prisoner for two years; until the horrid events of that summer, in 1919.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557425093
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick; 2 edition (Feb. 15 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GNEDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.3 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking April 3 2011
By Jenny Hilborne - Published on
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I haven't yet finished this book, I'm 54% through, but I'm already going to give it 5 stars. I'd give more if I could. I've got many questions for the author, which I'll save for when I'm finished. I haven't read anything this moving or beautiful in longer than I can remember. Last night, I had to find a quiet corner of the house to re-read a couple of the paragraphs so I could take in the beauty of the way they are written. They almost made me cry (and would have if I wasn't such a cold-hearted Brit).I thought about the pieces I read long after I turned out the light. To me, this book is like a relationship: at the beginning I was intrigued and wanted to know more; about 30% in I was fairly well vested; 50% in I was in love with the story. I see a long-term relationship ahead with the author (in a literary sense, I hasten to add, in case his wife reads this review). Caraliza is....well, read it for yourself. I can't do it justice in a review
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starkly Haunting Sept. 27 2010
By Bitsy Bling Books - Published on
Caraliza is a story possessed by stark hauntings that will grip your nerves from the first page and drag you into a grisly nightmare that will both seduce and frighten the reader. Much like the photo of Caraliza, it is impossible to turn your eyes away from the macabre on the page and within them, a person will see both beauty and horrible abuse. However, the ghastliness is not achieved through simple shock value, but by displaying an imaginary realness and believable richness of history. It is also amplified by the love that creates a harmonious balance and chilling sensuality that is genuinely romantic. The intimacy between characters will bring a tingle to your skin and a sigh to your heart. Caraliza is a great achievement in pairing the paranormal with romance. It's stunningly grounded and had me holding my breath at parts in the story. The plot is not obviously predictable, although readers might think themselves clever by assuming they've figured out what will come. However, the twist isn't so extreme that it implodes. Clues are dropped along the way like breads crumbs and with each sorrow comes a morsel of joy. It is as if one can not be achieved without the other. I absolutely adored the line, "I'll not wait to die to haunt him." This story will haunt me for some time, but much like Shelly, I welcome the sensations and fright. It too made me feel alive and perhaps, a bit spooky for loving it so much. It is a rarity for me to read a book twice, but I will revisit this story again. As far as I'm concerned, Caraliza is an absolute MUST read and one I will return to. So no, I will not share my copy.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFULLY TOLD STORY OF ENDURING LOVE Sept. 28 2011
By Lizzy - Published on
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This beautiful story, as richly told by author Kirkpatrick, was unlike anything I'd ever read. The story begins in 1917, when Yousep Kogen, a shop boy who works for Menashe "Papa" Reisman, falls in love with a frail young Dutch girl, Caraliza, who is being held captive across the street by a brute who routinely abuses her. The author realistically and stunningly describes Yousep's quick assimilation into manhood and the frail Caraliza's intense need for love.

After tragic events make their mark on the year 1919, the story resumes in present day, when Papa Reisman's granddaughter, Shelly, is desperately trying to uncover the past, in the same building where the tragedies occurred. Kirkpatrick's delicate storytelling and descriptions of present-day hauntings are captivating; his characterizations are clear and believable.

I have often read books of this nature only to be disappointed by the ending, but that was not so with Caraliza. I won't give it away, but the satisfying ending only enriched my enjoyment of this tender, often funny, sad, and very real story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, needs an editor March 29 2012
By Kathleen Valentine - Published on
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This is a very strange and haunting story with much to recommend it. It is a ghost/love story with considerable charm and starts off really well but then wanders around a bit before getting back on track. I liked the story very much but found the narrative style to be annoying after while. Also, the book is in serious need of editing. There are a lot of misused words (it is "past", not "passed" - a mistake made repeatedly - and the author needs to learn the difference between "effect" and "affect".) I try not to be overly critical of proofing errors but some of these were repeated so often they were not proofing errors, they were misuse of language. The author has a good story to tell but he needs someone to give it a good, thorough proofing/editing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice June 1 2012
By Ta - Published on
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This was an unexpected surprise. The first quarter of the book was fantastic and the end really wrapped things up. The middle was more or less very good but a lot could have been omitted. I expected a different story from the way the story began and then it took me on an unexpected journey. The characters were well written but I am still unsure of the main character 'Shelly'. She seemed at times a bit disturbing to not need more medical help:) Also, there was way too much 'ghosting' in the will know what I mean. Really? Two grown people in love with each other taking turns with ghosts? It became a bit too much and the story was a bit silly at some points. The end was very surprising though. Who would have thought? Either way, it was a very good read with lots of twists and turns...sometimes too many that it made my head spin, but still worth it.

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