End of Story by Peter Abrahams

End of Story

Aspiring author Ivy Seidel accepts a part-time position teaching writing to a group of convicted criminals hoping the experience will add depth and darkness to her own work.But in the haunting writings of charismatic inmate Vance Harrow she discovers a talent possibly greater than her own. And in the startling, disturbing stories Harrow has to tell, Ivy finds a dangerous new purpose—and a terrifying temptation that lures her into an inescapable...

Details End of Story

TitleEnd of Story
Release DateJan 30th, 2007
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews End of Story

  • Will Byrnes
    Ivy is an aspiring writer, working as a waitress and dreaming dreams of literary glory. When a writer friend hits a jackpot he offers her a chance to take over a teaching job he had been doing, teaching a writing class at a state penitentiary in upstate New York. Although it is a frightening experience, it is also stimulating. There is one inmate who captures her interest with the richness of his writing, and Ivy feels that he can have a future a...
  • Melanie
    This book is about a struggling author who is offered a part time job teaching writing in a men's prison. She becomes interested in the case of one of the prisoners in her class and thinks he is innocent of the crime he was prosecuted for. She investigates and gets in WAY over her head.I thought the book was o.k. A good thing was that I wanted to find out how everything would end. Another good thing; at just past the halfway mark I thought I had ...
  • David Carr
    Ivy, MFA, young naive New York bartender and aspiring writer, takes a job teaching writing to murderous, psychopathic male prisoners. This is A BIG MISTAKE. And, alas, it is such an obvious mistake to the the reader that he begins to wonder about the praise given to this writer and this book. It is almost enough to cause one to lose faith in Stephen King, who calls the author his "favorite American suspense novelist." Could this be true?Or the Ch...
  • Lori
    I got such a kick out of this book.Ivy Seidel is a writer. And honestly, we quickly realize she's not very good. In fact, she's not all that smart. But Abrahams lets us come to both conclusions on our own.Still, though, she's likable. And even though you can see her disastrous decisions coming from the instant she starts teaching at a prison -- but not so far in advance as to be annoying -- you want her to take the wrong path. Because it's a hell...
  • Shiela
    Bar tender by night, struggling writer Ivy Seidel wants nothing more than for her stories to be published. To help her gain depth and darkness in her work, she agrees to teach a writing class to a group of inmates in a high security prison. In the midst of pandemonium and murder, Ivy encounters inmate Vance Harrow, a man who possesses great literary promise. As her relationship with the inmate becomes more involved, Ivy becomes convinced that Van...
  • Gail
    Though this was somewhat of a slow read ... the ending sure made up for it. I love it when an author actually surprises me and doesn't take the easy way out, tying up all loose ends and "saving" the main character.Characters were believable ... especially Ivy who just can't seem to make the right decision.
  • Tillie
    Okay, so I like mysteries/suspense, and I liked that the main character in this one is a woman. Sure, she was a little direction-less, but she was smart and independent, and not your typical damsel in distress type. And it was a little first-season-of-Prison-Break-esque (cue Michael Scofield fantasies). All good things. So I loved the first 3/4 of the book. Then (view spoiler)[Abrahams turned her into your classically stupid, blinded by love idio...
  • Maureen Sharon
    Per other reviews, many readers have identifies this novel as having a weak main character that seems to lose credibility as the plot continues. I found it intriguing for a completely different reason. As a former teacher with students exhibiting severe behavioral challenges I continually identified with the inmates in the novel and saw terrifying connections between them and my struggling students. It refocused me on how I worked with them and f...
  • Laura
    Now THIS is a damned good Abrahams book!I fell in love with Peter Abrahams about 15 years ago. Each book was better than the last.Somewhere along the way, I lost track of him. When I started to catch up, the newer books just weren’t doing it for me. And at some point he started writing for kids.I still dig up his older books when I can, & I came across this one in a used book store a few months ago. And I’m so glad I did. It’s classic Abrah...
  • Jim Thomsen
    Wow! Peter Abrahams delivers yet another lean, mean, hairpin-corner thrill ride ... and does it again with ordinary people in ordinary settings. The latter is the key to making suspense novels like "End Of Story" take off for the reader, who can relate to characters like barkeep/aspiring author Ivy Seidel and small-town ne'er-do-well Vance Harrow much more than they can to New York socialites or foreign intelligence operatives, for example. Main ...
  • Monique
    Eh, disappointing read for my twentieth this year, sigh where is my touch for finding the gems I need and love to read! So far a truly bleak start to my year-heads up friends I WILL read something great soon-but this wasn't it..I have read this author before with his novel The Tutor and I wasn't really the biggest fan of that book either after rereading that review LOL but I tried this one sight and review unseen and tried really tried to get int...
  • Christie
    I cut my teeth on mystery novels when I was about eight. Every gift-giving occasion, my uncle would give me two brand new Bobbsey Twin books- hard covers. I loved following Bert and Nan, Flossie and Freddie as they solved mysteries in and around their home town, Lakeport. My daughter has those books I managed to save through numerous moves.Anyway - I still love a good mystery and I finished a new one this morning. Peter Abraham’s new book End o...
  • Christine Roberts
    A good suspense novel, full of ambition, bold moves, and a hunger for more."End of Story" was my first Peter Abrahams novel, and I couldn't help but notice that this particular author has a Stephen King stamp of approval. I was interested right from the start, partially because of the story itself, but partly because the novel is so well-written the reader cannot help but jump right in. "Always leave them wanting more" would be the tagline on the...
  • Dev Adams
    This book came as a recommendation from my library's book club. I've always enjoyed reading suspense novels and I appreciated that this one featured a female lead character.Then, I read it.The entire book has a strange, duck-footed pacing (just like one of the characters) that I found completely off-putting. The author also chooses to insert strangely worded sentences into the book in such a way that feels forced and pretentious.To call this nove...
  • Marc
    Peter Abrahams' plots are the opposite of "high-concept." End of Story takes a real-world situation-- a young, struggling writer inherits a friend's teaching gig at a prison writer's workshop--and tracks it as, one misunderstanding, bad judgment call, and unconscious wish fulfillment at a time, it spins out of control. Abrahams' characters--his minor characters as well as the protagonists--are vivid, memorable, and utterly believable. You know th...
  • Crystal Craig
    I was some what disappointed with this book. The synopsis sucked me right in. I thought the idea of a young women going into a prison to teach criminals how to write was a interesting plot idea. I figured it would be the perfect backdrop for some mysterious, rather shady, well-written characters. I was wrong. The characters had about as much depth as the shallow end of a swimming pool made for ants. Having said that, it wasn't all bad. There was ...
  • Karen
    End of Story.... "Always leave them wanting more," (Professor Smallian's advice to writers.) More is what I want at the end of this book but there is no more, it's the end of the story. This story follows Ivy's life, a boring, non-published bartender. When her best friend moves away he hands her his teaching job at the prison. Then Ivy's life takes off. She taking chances and doing things in order to free an innocent man...Or is she writing her o...
  • Claudia
    I found this book very interesting. Specially because, from the very beginning Ivy - the main character - starts taking all the paths I would have never chosen to take. And I keep wondering: Will she be able to pull it off in the end? That feeling kept the pages easily turning.The very end of the story came somewhat as a surprise but I'd say I enjoyed it, in twisted way...I will give this author another try even though he is categorized as myster...
  • Mary Fleming
    Just discovered this writer thanks to Stephen King. Fast paced and suspenseful, an exciting read with lots of twists. Didnt care for the setting.Will definitely read more by him
  • Stephanie
    At first, I was a bit skeptical about this book. I had chosen it as an experiment to see how borrowing e-books worked from my local library and how to get them on my Kindle. I went to the last page of e-book selections, and this was the first one on the last page. With that alone, I was thinking that maybe this book wasn't going to be the best. Why else would it be on the last page of e-books? Nevertheless, it was categorized as a mystery/thrille...
  • Jodell
    A young girl named Ivy was trudging along in life, trying to become a writer. When Ivy was within sight of her destination, she heard a rustle at her feet. The rustle was a snake named Vince Harlow.Harlow spoke to Ivy. He said, "I am suffering, I am innocent. Please help me, get me out of here and take me with you." "No," replied the Ivy. "I know your kind. If I help you up, you will bite me, and your bite is poisonous." "No, no," said the Harlow...
  • Jana
    I read this book because it was recommended by Stephen King. Abrahams writing drew me into the story surprisingly considering what was said about the main character in some other reviews that I read. I read it out of curiosity for what Stephen King considers good writing and knowing its flaws I'm still glad I read it mainly because of the main character, Ivy Seidel. I found interesting the author's view of Ivy. The downside is that having read th...
  • Will Plunkett
    I cringed reading this on multiple occasions, and mostly could not read it at night time (I guess that's a good thing, when it comes to mysteries/suspense stories); reasons were due to the thoughtless, careless decisions protagonist Ivy makes. For being a "teacher," she rarely learns from the good advice she receives and misses the obvious clues to avoid disaster. For me, the ending of the story (last chapter) actually weakened the book overall.p...
  • Sharon
    This was my first Peter Abrahams book, so I wasn't sure how I would like his style of writing. I noticed a lot of "he said" and "she said" following the individual dialogues, lacking originality on the author's part. He could have eliminated half of them and included a few more descriptive phrases just to change it up a bit. I felt the book was a little slow to start. The characters at the beginning were very weak and should have played a bigger ...
  • Flo
    Peter Abraham's writes terrific mysteries, the kind one can't stop reading. End of Story is one. Erstwhile writer takes a job as a writing teacher at a prison and quickly becomes aware that one of her "students" is extremely talented and super smart. She begins checking into his background and is certain he is innocent of the robbery gone wrong he is in prison for and thus begins a thrill ride until the End of Story. Abrahams has written better, ...
  • Lisa Black
    I absolutely love everything Peter Abrahams does and this was no exception. Not my favorite of his, maybe because it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion where the engineer-protagonist does everything wrong but you still care desperately whether she gets to the next station.
  • Abigail Obidike
    someone explain the ending to me, about the ting with morales, does it mean he knows she ratted him out and sent that woman to her?
  • Jul
    this book was so lame its laughable-not worth your time.there is a review from David- please read it- its perfect!
  • Susan Oleksiw
    I don't normally read thriller/suspense novels but I was on a panel with Peter Abrahams and I found him so interesting that I bought his book. Ivy, the main character, has recently earned her MFA, which as she acknowledges does not necessarily mean she's a writer. To help make ends meet, she takes a job filling in for a friend as a teacher in a prison. She drives up every week, teaches, and drives home. One of her students turns out to be remarka...
  • Trish
    Another fun thriller from Abrahams, author of Oblivion. This time our protagonist is Ivy Seidel, a wannabe author with an MFA and a stack of rejection letters. Her friend Joel sells a screenplay and is off to Hollywood, so he bequeaths his job teaching writing to prisoners at Dannemora to Ivy. Ivy is impressed with the writing skill demonstrated by one student, Vance Harrow, and sets out to find out more about the man's background. As she pokes a...