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The Door to January

Hardcover, 200 pages, 6 x 9, Young Adult Fiction, Ages 13+

ISBN: 978-1-944762-10-0



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About this Book:

2018 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Ever since sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine, she's had nightmares. And not just the usual ones. These are inside her, pulling her, calling her back, drawing her to a door, a house, a place, a time. Full of fear, full of danger. So this summer, Natalie's going back to Bernier to face up to a few things: the reason she left town in the first place; the boy she's trying hard not to trust; and the door in her dreams. But once she steps through the door, into a murky past, she's entangled in someone else's world. And only Natalie can help right the wrongs of both the past and the present. Breakthrough author Gillian French skillfully weaves together themes of small town bullies, unsolved murders, time travel, and the force of the spirit in this gripping paranormal thriller.


"Chilling and suspenseful, this paranormal thriller with a touch of romance will keep readers on the edges of their seats."
––Kirkus Reviews
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"French has crafted a story that will grab readers' attention from the beginning. Teens will be continually drawn into the intrigue through chapters that present alternating time lines. Readers will feel connected to Natalie and her plight of past, present, and future, and though there are supernatural elements to the story, the emotions and feelings are all too real. VERDICT: A provocative mystery that would be a strong purchase for libraries' supernatural/mystery collections."
—School Library Journal

" . . . the slow unraveling of the house's history, the increasing tension around Natalie's flashbacks to a distant crime, and the creepy but pitiable spirits that haunt her all come together to make a spine-tingling tale."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Gillian French tackles a topic that is dark and disturbing and impresses with how she handles it in her new novel . . . The author sets up and handles the paranormal dimension of the book with surety.”
––Maine Sunday Telegram

"French’s stories are more than just small-town Maine life, though. They are nuanced, layered tales that grip the reader."
––Bangor Metro Magazine

"...all of the makings for theperfect ghost story"
––The Geeky Yogi

“French expertly builds tension and dread in masterful fashion in this truly frightening paranormal thriller, weaving the storylines to a climax that will leave readers gasping." 
––Indiepicks Magazine

"This novel was ever-changing; every time I thought I had it pinned down it grew and matured and turned in a direction I wasn’t quite expecting."
––The Suspense is Thrilling Me

“[a] fast-paced cliffhanger”
––VOYA Reviews


The Door to January Blog Tour and Book Launch

The Door to January Blog Tour and Book Launch

Join us for the virtual launch of The Door to January with a blog tour and Twitter chat. All purchases of The Door to January during the blog tour, September 5-8, will receive a copy signed by the author!

Tuesday, Sept. 5:

The Door to January book birthday

celebration and exclusive excerpt



Wednesday, Sept. 6

Pure Imagination

Author Gillian French writes about the real haunted places of Maine



Thursday, Sept. 7

The Geeky Yogi

An interview with Gillian French

@thegeekyyogi (instagram)


Friday, Sept. 8

We Live and Breathe Books

Author Gillian French suggests a cast list for the movie of The Door to January



Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. EST

#TDTJ Twitter Launch Party includes giveaways, author reading, live Q and A 


Leave a comment at each stop of the blog tour, and you will be entered to win a copy of The Door to January. Winners announced Friday 9/8 at 8 p.m. (EST) at the #TDTJ Twitter Launch Party.

Gillian French

About this Author

Growing up in rural Maine led Gillian French to believe that the mystery of the past is all around. She uses her surroundings as a setting for the dark stories that often have a creepy twist. While she's ne



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