The Guardians

The Guardians

Paperback - 2011
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From acclaimed author Andrew Pyper, a gripping novel of psychological suspense about four men haunted by a secret from childhood.

There's no such thing as an empty house...

Trevor, Randy, Ben and Carl grew up together in the small town of Grimshaw as many boys do--playing hockey on the local team, the Guardians, and forging friendships that run deep. Twenty-four years later, Trevor, recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and faced with his own mortality, learns that his old friend Ben has committed suicide. He returns to Grimshaw to pay his respects and to reunite with Randy and Carl.
But going home means going back to the memories of a sinister crime that occurred in the abandoned house at 321 Caledonia Street--a crime that claws its way into the present, leaving its indelible mark on everyone. Chilling to the core and gripping in the extreme, The Guardians is taut psychological suspense that will leave you at once breathless and moved.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, c2011.
ISBN: 9780385663724
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 10, 2016

Strong mystery story that captures the small town Canadian mentality that many of us grew up with.

The Guardians mean many things and most of those meanings are explored in this book.

A tad too much telling and not enough showing - especially for the main quartet - for my tastes but overall an enjoyable read.

Oct 09, 2013

This is a great book. A superb ghost story from a Canadian author. A suspenseful story filled with interesting characters and a quality of writing that you rarely find in this genre. Beautifully paced and rich in atmosphere. I'll definitely be reading more of Andrew Pyper's books.

Sep 10, 2013

I couldn't put the book down. I didn't get endless goosebumps like the reviews said but it was thrilling and creepy enough. What gripped me was not only the scare aspect the book had but also the way the author incorporated the value of friendship.

Jul 23, 2013

Some sarcastic expressions from of one of the characters are really good. Thrilling reading. Reminds somehow books of Stephen King. Author describes sex scenes without vulgarity, which, unfortunately, has become so popular in recent years among the authors in order to attract the reader. The book's title is not attractive. Impression is that, turning the pages, waiting for something really critical in the course of action is about to happen - - and nothing happens, page after page - kind of the same stuff - boring. I didn't like details of Hockey theme. Not interesting for people like me who are not keen on Hockey.

Apr 05, 2013

I gave this book a chance because I felt the potential for a great story was there. And while at times, Pyper shows flashes of the expected ability, the story on the whole leaves this reader disappointed. There were just too many lapses in logic and good sense for me to recommend this book.

bugalug Jan 17, 2012

certainly did not enjoy this style of writing. I would not recommend it.

* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

Andrew Pyper will read from The Guardians at the Nepean Centrepointe Library, 101 Centrepointe on Sat Dec 10th, 2011, 2:30-3:30. Don't miss this chance to meet the author!

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

It only took me two days to read The Guardians by Andrew Pyper – it was that good. The story centres around four childhood friends, who played on their high school hockey team called “The Guardians”. The novel opens with Trevor, Randy and Carl each going back to their small Ontario town for their friend Ben’s funeral. Ben has committed suicide and the remaining three must come to grips with not only his sudden death but with something even more sinister. Trevor, Randy and Carl have been keeping details of a mysterious crime they were all involved with twenty-four years earlier locked up. But travelling back to Grimshaw and once again seeing the abandoned house at 321 Caledonia Street brings all the bad memories back – and more!

Jun 03, 2011

Looks to be a good read, but no time - will put on my to be read

May 31, 2011

Great read

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Jul 23, 2013

“Part of what we share is the knowledge that every small town has a second heart, smaller and darker that the one that pumps the blood of good intentions. We all know that the picture of home cooking and oak trees and harmlessness is false.”


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