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Title: Locked in Time
Author: Lois Duncan
Publisher: Published October 1st 1986 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 1st 1985)
ISBN: 9780440949428
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Locked In Time by Duncan, Lois. 4 1/4 x 7. 1st ptg.

30 review for Locked in Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Gail

    I've no idea why, but this book terrified me so badly as a child that I hid it behind my parents bookcase. I can't remember anything that scary about it, but I was literally afraid of the book itself. I also thought for a while that the ghost of Abe Lincoln lived in my closet. I don't think a particular book caused that. I was just a very weird child.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Misty Ronchietto

    I'm reading all of my son's AR (for school) books with him so we can discuss and I can make sure he is actually reading rather than just flipping pages. Haha. He hasn't finished yet so it will be interesting to get his perspective. The book was interesting and fast paced enough to keep one reading but I had a few major issues with it. First, the entire book is premised on the idea that the only thing of concern for the female characters is maintaining or achieving physical beauty for the purpose I'm reading all of my son's AR (for school) books with him so we can discuss and I can make sure he is actually reading rather than just flipping pages. Haha. He hasn't finished yet so it will be interesting to get his perspective. The book was interesting and fast paced enough to keep one reading but I had a few major issues with it. First, the entire book is premised on the idea that the only thing of concern for the female characters is maintaining or achieving physical beauty for the purpose of keeping or attracting men. As a parent, I think this is a dangerous message for our sons and daughters. My poor son will be getting an earful of redirection once he's done with the book. Second, Nore, Is a completely one dimensional character. We know almost nothing about her other than the fact that her mom died and she got shipped off to boarding school by her absentee father. She also manages to, inexplicably, maintain respect for a father who has very little regard for her physical and emotional well being. Third, Nore's dad is an immature, selfish bastard and terrible father whose inexcusable neglect of his daughter is entirely ignored throughout the book. The fact that Nore never called him on it frustrated me to no end. Amusing enough as a high concept read for preteens. However, portrayal of gender roles in this book seems to be locked in time well before women had any self respect apparently.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andria

    This is my least-favorite of Lois Duncan's books. It's also the only one I DIDN'T read as a teen since it was published after I had graduated from the YA section (and yes, there was a YA section at my library back in those olden days. YA DID exist pre-Twilight, you know). I don't know if this one packs less of a punch than her earlier works because it was written later in her career, or if Lois Duncan is best read when one is young and just discovering supernatural suspense fiction. I still LOVE This is my least-favorite of Lois Duncan's books. It's also the only one I DIDN'T read as a teen since it was published after I had graduated from the YA section (and yes, there was a YA section at my library back in those olden days. YA DID exist pre-Twilight, you know). I don't know if this one packs less of a punch than her earlier works because it was written later in her career, or if Lois Duncan is best read when one is young and just discovering supernatural suspense fiction. I still LOVE Summer of Fear and Stranger with My Face and Down a Dark Hall but when I reread them now I am transported back to when I read them as a kid, and can remember and revisit the thrills and chills and fascination I felt then. This one? Eh, it was OK.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tish

    Lois Duncan is good with building atmosphere, both environmental and emotional. The story was set in Louisiana and the descriptions of the surroundings and even the weather were very well done. Duncan also created a very creepy feeling from the very beginning, but I found the foreshadowing to be a bit heavy-handed. I might have really liked this book had I read it when I was in middle school. It doesn't seem childish or anything, but maybe shallow is how I would describe it. There's not much dept Lois Duncan is good with building atmosphere, both environmental and emotional. The story was set in Louisiana and the descriptions of the surroundings and even the weather were very well done. Duncan also created a very creepy feeling from the very beginning, but I found the foreshadowing to be a bit heavy-handed. I might have really liked this book had I read it when I was in middle school. It doesn't seem childish or anything, but maybe shallow is how I would describe it. There's not much depth to any of the characters and no real exploration of the implications of the strange secret the Berge' family hides. In all, it wasn't a bad read, but I feel like it could have been more than it was.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    I thought it was a really good book over all, it had great detail and lots of cliff hangers, I feel that it was kinda to hard to get into until the middle book. Its about Josie who's mother died and her father got remarried in less then a year, and Josie makes some bad decisions along the way .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karra

    31/2 Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    There is something about Lois Duncan, that even when you know what's going on early on, you just don't believe it. She can really write an eerie story! #rereading for a school project. Yippee!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maddison

    Well that was a really good book! While I was reading I was thinking about how it would all tie together, seeing as the book was really short, but it ended really well! I can't believe that (view spoiler)[Lysette would leave Josie behind, and that Gabe would actually run too, but soooo glad Gabe gave Josie the keys to the cabin. All of the proof though, gone :( (hide spoiler)] Wonder how it all ended when (view spoiler)[her dad figured out about Josie's immortality. So glad Dave jumped the fence Well that was a really good book! While I was reading I was thinking about how it would all tie together, seeing as the book was really short, but it ended really well! I can't believe that (view spoiler)[Lysette would leave Josie behind, and that Gabe would actually run too, but soooo glad Gabe gave Josie the keys to the cabin. All of the proof though, gone :( (hide spoiler)] Wonder how it all ended when (view spoiler)[her dad figured out about Josie's immortality. So glad Dave jumped the fence and got to Nora! (hide spoiler)] One thing about the book that annoyed me was the narrator's voice, and the southern accent. And Lysette's (view spoiler)[hold over her dad, and the way whatever Lysette said went, and how she wouldn't ever let all 3 kids go out together. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Halcyon Daze

    Plot: Nore Robbins spends the summer in down south Louisiana in order to get acquainted with her new step-family. She's a bit bitter that her father decided to remarry so soon after her mother's death, but tries to approach her step-mom and step-siblings with an open mind. Step-mom is a beautiful woman named Lisette Berge who has a teenage son named Gabe who clearly has the hots for his new stepsister and a young daughter named Josie, who's a sullen thirteen-year-old prone to throwing tantrums. T Plot: Nore Robbins spends the summer in down south Louisiana in order to get acquainted with her new step-family. She's a bit bitter that her father decided to remarry so soon after her mother's death, but tries to approach her step-mom and step-siblings with an open mind. Step-mom is a beautiful woman named Lisette Berge who has a teenage son named Gabe who clearly has the hots for his new stepsister and a young daughter named Josie, who's a sullen thirteen-year-old prone to throwing tantrums. They live in Shadow Grove, an old plantation home with a lot history. Nore quickly realizes that there's something off about her step-family. For example, they claim to be at events that they couldn't possibly have attended and purposefully isolate themselves from the rest of society and have a strange aversion to technology. Then events take a drastic turn when they try to kill her. Review: This is another one of Lois Duncan's teen Gothic books, and it's pretty good in that regard. We have all the right elements - beautiful, mysterious house in the middle of nowhere, beautiful heroine trying to flee from danger, a family hiding a dark secret. The setting is very atmospheric and heavy, going for the genteel South vibe. I loved the descriptions, from the food to Shadow Grove to basically everything. So in that aspect, it's well done. The mystery is pretty easy to solve, right in your face, and it can be frustrating when the book drags it on when it's so OBVIOUS to you as the reader. Otherwise, the pacing is good and it's a light, easy read. But the most frustrating thing would have to be Chuck Robbins, our heroine's father. Chuck is pretty smitten with his new wife and basically stands up for her and his new step-children every time they get into a confrontation/fight with Nore. I don't know about you guys, but I like to believe that if my otherwise pleasant, well-adjusted daughter started bringing up valid points about how overall weird my new spouse was, I wouldn't snap back at her and accuse her of lying or imagining things. Chuck remarries mere months after Nore's mother's death, and while I personally don't see anything wrong with that, I completely understand Nore's apprehension, particularly since Chuck just married out of the blue and sent his daughter (who he shipped off to boarding school, by the way) a letter saying, "By the way, I got married! Sorry I didn't tell you sooner!" And then basically guilt trips Nore into accepting his marriage in the beginning of the book. Classy move there, Chuck. He also says he wants to reconnect with Nore after the whole tragedy with her mother's death, but throughout the book he's way too wrapped up in his work or his new wife to actually sit down and have a proper conversation with his daughter. I didn't like Chuck, if you can tell. Now, on to more serious issues. Re-reading as someone older and wiser, I found certain problems with it that I hadn't noticed as a young teen. (Slight spoilers to follow.) There's a portrayal of voodooism in the book that's really vilified and stereotypical as the strange, barbaric religion practiced by those (probably black, Native, or mixed) Cajuns. Also, in the backstory, there's an affair between a white slaveowner and a Cajun woman, and it's portrayed as that evil, seducing, voodoo-practicing Cajun woman's fault. This is so terrible on so many levels. In real life, it was these white men taking advantage of these poor women, not this drivel. Also, just as a warning, the character of Lisette Berge is racist. She talks flippantly about how cheap slave labor was back in the day and once bitterly accuses a Cajun girl of being promiscuous simply because she's Cajun. And for this reason, this is a three star book instead of four stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    So I've talked about my Joan Lowery Nixon phase before. I actually think I discovered Lois Duncan right before Nixon, but the two will always go hand and hand in my mind. Together they perfectly satisfied my twelve-year-old thirst for a light blending of suspense and the macabre. And no Duncan book did that better than the deliciously creepy LOCKED IN TIME. I enjoyed all of her books and they all succeeded in giving me the chills at one point or another. My old copy of I Know What You Did Last S So I've talked about my Joan Lowery Nixon phase before. I actually think I discovered Lois Duncan right before Nixon, but the two will always go hand and hand in my mind. Together they perfectly satisfied my twelve-year-old thirst for a light blending of suspense and the macabre. And no Duncan book did that better than the deliciously creepy LOCKED IN TIME. I enjoyed all of her books and they all succeeded in giving me the chills at one point or another. My old copy of I Know What You Did Last Summer is definitely showing its age and my love, as I loved revisiting those characters the most. But LOCKED IN TIME is the one that truly scared me. Not just chills, not just anxious anticipation, but the real deal, had me setting the book down long enough to calm my racing heart kind of scared. Seventeen-year-old Nore has been away at boarding school since her mother died a year ago. Now she's on her way to Louisiana to visit her father and his new wife and her two children. When she arrives at Shadow Grove, several things are clear. Her father is happy with his new life. Her stepmother Lisette, stepbrother Gabe, and stepsister Josie are perfectly well-mannered and perfectly beautiful. And something is very, very wrong with them. Through conversations she has with elderly neighbors and residents of the town, Nore's seemingly crazy suspicions about Lisette, Gabe, and the entire Berge family start to grow. These vaguely horrific suspicions grow stronger as she overhears them discuss events from decades ago as though they were there when they happened. Nore finds herself torn between her distrust of Lisette and her growing friendship with Gabe. Determined to make her father come to his senses and see the truth, Nore rushes to solve the mystery of her new family before her time at Shadow Grove runs out. When I think about this story now, years since I last re-read it, I am still instantly filled with the same overwhelming emotions--an appreciation for the heady beauties of the Deep South mixed with a sense of impending doom. Ms. Duncan struck the perfect chord with the impossibly lovely Berges and the simultaneous fear and longing Nore feels when in the presence of a "real" family again. The truth to the mystery unfolds smoothly and slowly, like warm molasses, creeping up behind you to tap you on the shoulder. In some ways it reminded me of a younger, simpler Mary Stewart novel, with its lovely heroine and its beautiful atmosphere. I remember thinking Nore was brave and being desperate for someone to believe her, for Gabe not to really be trying to kill her, for her father, in his grief, not to have ruined them both so thoroughly. It's the same emotional connection I seek out today when I'm in the mood for something slightly dangerous, slightly haunting, slightly bittersweet. It was these early young adult mysteries that led me to the Mary Stewarts, the Laurie Kings, the Deanna Raybourns I discovered later on. I will always love them for being the beginning.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    Fun fact: this is easily my favorite Lois Duncan book and it was the first one I read. It's just as suspenseful as her others, but it also is a little more Gothic. There's a big question (at least as I read it) about how much is real and how much is in Nore's imagination. (I love stories like that, where you're not entirely sure what the true story is.) And when I re-read it for this feature, it was so much scarier than I remembered it being. I feel like one of the creepiest things is the fact tha Fun fact: this is easily my favorite Lois Duncan book and it was the first one I read. It's just as suspenseful as her others, but it also is a little more Gothic. There's a big question (at least as I read it) about how much is real and how much is in Nore's imagination. (I love stories like that, where you're not entirely sure what the true story is.) And when I re-read it for this feature, it was so much scarier than I remembered it being. I feel like one of the creepiest things is the fact that you can know something WRONG is happening but no one will believe you. *shiver* It's also interesting to see just how quickly things can go from normal and happy to batshit insane and scary. Highly recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Vaca

    Locked in Time by Lois Duncan is a fantastic read! After Nore moves in with her father and stepmother, everything seems awkward with her new step-siblings. She doesn't feel like this is home, even after a couple weeks. Things seem even more awkward when the step-family acts strange, not like human beings, or what human beings do on a regular basis. Nore is then determined to gather information on the history of the family in order to tie everything together. I enjoyed this book so much because t Locked in Time by Lois Duncan is a fantastic read! After Nore moves in with her father and stepmother, everything seems awkward with her new step-siblings. She doesn't feel like this is home, even after a couple weeks. Things seem even more awkward when the step-family acts strange, not like human beings, or what human beings do on a regular basis. Nore is then determined to gather information on the history of the family in order to tie everything together. I enjoyed this book so much because the characters are realistic. Though what I enjoy the most is the foreshadowing the author gives. The title ties very well in the end and so do the events. I read this book nonstop, my eyes pacing back in forth. If you're looking for a plot twist read, I recommend this to you!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Sanchez

    This book was amazing! This is one of the few books that I liked to read that wasn't about sports. I would definatly recommend this book to a friend or to anyone else. When you read this novel, you can't put it down. It gets really suspenseful and you never know what is going to happen next. That is how I was, I couldn't put the book down because it was so good. Lois Duncan is my favorite author and he writes the best horror/mystery books in my opinion. If you are ever looking for something to r This book was amazing! This is one of the few books that I liked to read that wasn't about sports. I would definatly recommend this book to a friend or to anyone else. When you read this novel, you can't put it down. It gets really suspenseful and you never know what is going to happen next. That is how I was, I couldn't put the book down because it was so good. Lois Duncan is my favorite author and he writes the best horror/mystery books in my opinion. If you are ever looking for something to read, read Locked in Time. You won't be able to put it down.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Alston

    Interesting story. Had I known it was meant for a younger reader, I probably wouldn't have read it, but it was a nice break from grown-up books. Good story, good characters, good flow. I will definitely recommend it to my daughter in a few years.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lav

    3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shae Petersen

    (view spoiler)[ This was a random read and I enjoyed it. It was a small book that flew nicely. It was about a family who seemed to never age and there relationship with Nore and her father. I liked Nore as a character as I felt she was relatable. I disliked Lysette as I thought she was selfish, particularly to deprive her children of growing up and experiencing life just so she could never age. I listened to this via audiobook and her accent also really frustrated me. I was happy with the ending (view spoiler)[ This was a random read and I enjoyed it. It was a small book that flew nicely. It was about a family who seemed to never age and there relationship with Nore and her father. I liked Nore as a character as I felt she was relatable. I disliked Lysette as I thought she was selfish, particularly to deprive her children of growing up and experiencing life just so she could never age. I listened to this via audiobook and her accent also really frustrated me. I was happy with the ending and was glad that Josie could stay with Nore and not with Gabe and Lysette. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Joy

    Another excellent YA written by the late, great Lois Duncan. She's a cut above other YA Horror/Suspense writers of the time. This story was both eery and moving - I had to stop reading late at night as I was genuinely creeped out!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Locked In Time: Revenge can last forever... The Setup (Overview): A young woman named Nore is visiting her father for the first time since he remarried. The remarriage was something that took Nore by surprise since her mother had passed away not long before and her father still seemed to be lost in his grief. Though she did not entirely approve, Nore gave her father the benefit of the doubt as the new marriage seemed to pull him out of the depression that had consumed his life. In order to welcome Locked In Time: Revenge can last forever... The Setup (Overview): A young woman named Nore is visiting her father for the first time since he remarried. The remarriage was something that took Nore by surprise since her mother had passed away not long before and her father still seemed to be lost in his grief. Though she did not entirely approve, Nore gave her father the benefit of the doubt as the new marriage seemed to pull him out of the depression that had consumed his life. In order to welcome her into the new “family” and introduce her to her stepmother, Lissette, her father invites her to Louisiana to spend her summer vacation getting to know everyone at Lissette's family estate which is known as Shadow Grove. While the initial meeting is a bit tense, Nore soon finds that Lissette and her two children are not really that bad. Everything seems to be going well until Nore starts to notice that the family seems to be a little too out of touch with the modern world... The Story(Some Story Details): Nore first notices the time frame difference in conversations with the family. Lissette's children speak of events that happened twenty years before as if they saw what happened first hand. Yet one child is only twelve and the other is seventeen. There are other occurrences where people in town swear that they have seen Lisette before, somewhere. As Nore continues to investigate it seems that she is dealing with something that is not possible. What Nore doesn't realize is that some people make terrible mistakes and will do anything to keep those mistakes secret. Even if it means making sure that those that go snooping into the past will soon become part of it. Conclusion(My Overall Opinion on the Story): This was a short, interesting read. The story flows well and for the most part makes sense. The characters are well written and even though the effects of what ails Lissette's family are not really explored in detail there are a few scenes with Lissette's children that do give a glimpse of what being “locked in time” has done to them. Even though Lissette's family has resigned themselves, mostly, to their fate; they do still try to give Nore a way out, even though she can't really take the offers because of her father. This is where I have a slight problem with the story though. Or maybe it just comes from having read other stories that are like this that have the room to explore that side of the story. I get that Nore, understandably, is not willing to give Lissette's family the benefit of the doubt due to the events of the story. Some of Nore's action's come across as tone deaf towards the end of the story to me though. Even though Lissette's children seem apathetic towards the events, they do *try*. Nore just kind of bats them away instead of trying to listen. In the end, strangely, Nore does do her best to help in a way. It just came across as too little, too late to me. In the end I do recommend giving this a read. I t does have a couple of twists in it and it does pack a lot in for a shorter story. I recommend this to anyone who likes supernatural mysteries, thrillers, and books where the “bad guys” might be worthy of some sympathy too. m.a.c

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky Keir Grace

    Locked in Time was one of my favorite books in middle school. I reread this book time and again. When I saw it had been updated for a more modern time, I had to reread it! Nore's father remarries a southern woman and moved to Louisiana. Nore joins her father for the summer to get to know her new family. She immediately hits it off with Gabe, her step-brother. Thirteen year old Josie is a bit of a dramatic challenge, and Lisette, her step-mother seems to be holding in her own secrets. While spend Locked in Time was one of my favorite books in middle school. I reread this book time and again. When I saw it had been updated for a more modern time, I had to reread it! Nore's father remarries a southern woman and moved to Louisiana. Nore joins her father for the summer to get to know her new family. She immediately hits it off with Gabe, her step-brother. Thirteen year old Josie is a bit of a dramatic challenge, and Lisette, her step-mother seems to be holding in her own secrets. While spending time at the old plantation, Nore begins to notice things about her new family that just do not make sense. It seems that have packed several lifetimes into just 13 and 17 years. I remember liking Nore's character, and rereading as an adult I find I still like her. She seems level headed and does try to fit in with her family. She is attracted to Gabe despite the fact they are now step-siblings, much to Lisette's annoyance. Gabe was a character that reminds me of the dark of brooding characters of today. He had his secrets and those Nore found attractive. Josie is the cliché younger sister that so badly wants to fit in al do all the things everyone else can. She is a bit of a brat, but honestly, given her situation, I cannot say I blame her. I found myself annoyed at Nore's father this time through. He really did not seem to put much time into Nore; he was quick to side with his new family over her every single time without truly hearing her out. The setting of this book was beautiful. I definitely left I was in Louisiana on an old plantation. I could picture the world so clearly, and in my mind it was beautiful but eerie all at once. I am glad the author added modern tones to the story with cell phones and online card catalogs. She explained very well how there was no phone in the area, when at the time this was written there were no cells. I recently purchased a copy of this book for my library and hope the kids enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yujin

    The book ‘Locked in Time’ by Lois Duncan is one of my favourite mystery books. The main character Nore, joins her father and her step-family for school holidays for the first time. Nore has a step-mother, step-sister, and a step-brother. Nore’s mother had died because somebody hit her with their car, her step-mother’s husband had died because he was really sick, and a step-brother had died a few years ago. Then Nore’s dad and her step-mother Lisette married. Then one day, Nore has a dream about The book ‘Locked in Time’ by Lois Duncan is one of my favourite mystery books. The main character Nore, joins her father and her step-family for school holidays for the first time. Nore has a step-mother, step-sister, and a step-brother. Nore’s mother had died because somebody hit her with their car, her step-mother’s husband had died because he was really sick, and a step-brother had died a few years ago. Then Nore’s dad and her step-mother Lisette married. Then one day, Nore has a dream about her mother telling her to get out of the house because she is in big danger. Nore thinks that it’s not true because it’s just a dream but few days later, she has a dream about her mother telling her to get out of the house again. She noticed that something strange was going on because her step-brother Gabe didn’t help when Nore fell out of their boat. Gabe noticed already that she couldn’t swim but he didn’t help her. Finally, she realizes that her mother’s telling the truth and she thinks that somebody in the family is trying to kill her. The most saddest scene was when they were saying that Gabe’s girlfriend died few years ago. They broke up but he was still sad about it so he always went out with a fuel can and a fishing gear and came back late. I would really like to recommend this book to people who really love mystery books because as you read more, it gets very interesting. Even if you hate books like me, you can’t stop because this book just makes read more and more. Every time when you read a page, it makes you think a lot because it is so mysterious.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janewalters

    This story takes place in Louisiana, at an old southern plantation. It is right out side of a town called merville The charicters are, Nore, Lis, Chuck, Gabe, Josie and Dave. Nore is the main chariter she is a young 16 year old girl. She is coming down to Louisiana from New England to meet her new stepfamily. Chuck is her father he is a famous author, after they wanted to make his big book (life in the fast lane) in to a screenplay for a movie he moves to Louisiana, and meets Lisette. In locked This story takes place in Louisiana, at an old southern plantation. It is right out side of a town called merville The charicters are, Nore, Lis, Chuck, Gabe, Josie and Dave. Nore is the main chariter she is a young 16 year old girl. She is coming down to Louisiana from New England to meet her new stepfamily. Chuck is her father he is a famous author, after they wanted to make his big book (life in the fast lane) in to a screenplay for a movie he moves to Louisiana, and meets Lisette. In locked in time the plot is, Nore goes to live with her dad and new step family. Nore thinks something's up with her new family but ignores it.she later puts the puzzle pieces together and finds out that in the 1800's Lisette ( her new stepmother) made a deal with a Cajun slave so that Lis and her children could live forever. Soon after that Lis and her son Gabe try to kill Nore in a fire but fail and in doing that they kill themselves. Leaving Nores stepsister Josie alone. Nore leaves to go back and live at her home in New England. I believe that the author is trying to tell you to not trust everyone, to keep your friends closes but to keep your enemies closer. Also that if you try you can survive anything. Also to fight your own battles just like Nore did. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's fun and adventurise. It always keeps you interested. The suspense is thrilling. You get attached to the characters and you feel like you're a part of the book. In conclusion I really recommend this great

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angie B

    If I had to choose a favourite book, from my mid to late teens, this one would be a very serious contender. I recall picking this up, at the local library, imagining it to be some kind of history book from the title. It looked intriguing enough to take home and read so I did. I was completely hooked on it. I thought the first person narrative added to the tension, of this particular story, as you could really imagine you were Nore going through all these terrifying experiences. I think this book If I had to choose a favourite book, from my mid to late teens, this one would be a very serious contender. I recall picking this up, at the local library, imagining it to be some kind of history book from the title. It looked intriguing enough to take home and read so I did. I was completely hooked on it. I thought the first person narrative added to the tension, of this particular story, as you could really imagine you were Nore going through all these terrifying experiences. I think this book had a bit of everything; witchcraft, love, loss, romance, deception, blended family relationships, thrills and even some comedic moments. The description of teenage Josie, moody, fickle and trying so hard to be grown-up was spot on and heartbreakingly poignant after reading the climax. The doomed friendship between Nore and Gabe was also one of the highlights and the way the story cleverly unfolds from a seemingly ordinary tale of parental remarriage and the respective teenagers having to deal with this, to something altogether more sinister, is very well paced. I couldn't tell where this story was going to go, while I was reading it, which was very refreshing. I actually found myself biting my nails, as the book wound to its end, wondering whether Nore was going to escape with her life or not. If that isn't an indication that the book is a page turner I don't know what is. I highly recommend this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I would have starred this higher if I was teenager reading it as I think I would have enjoyed it much more at about twelve. Duncan is a good writer and I plan to read more of her mysteries, but this was a just a bit too predictable. I don't think it was supposed to be a huge surprise but I figured out the mystery almost immediately, taking away some of the punch later on. However, she build tension slowly, the characters are relatively interesting and creepy, and I loved the setting (south Louis I would have starred this higher if I was teenager reading it as I think I would have enjoyed it much more at about twelve. Duncan is a good writer and I plan to read more of her mysteries, but this was a just a bit too predictable. I don't think it was supposed to be a huge surprise but I figured out the mystery almost immediately, taking away some of the punch later on. However, she build tension slowly, the characters are relatively interesting and creepy, and I loved the setting (south Louisiana). It was the perfect lush, historical, eerie locale for a mystery. Course evaluation: Duncan skillfully presents an intriguing mystery with supernatural undercurrents. Though some of the dialogue and references are dated (such as the opening of a new disco in town), readers will still be able to enjoy the suspense and building tension of the plot. The south Louisiana locale is the perfect setting for the sinister story; voodoo plays a large part in the family’s secret, Nore feels out of place in Creole culture, and the environment (shady trees, strange flowers, foreboding river) itself add to the air of mystery in the story. Duncan leaves the ending slightly open for the reader to guess how Josie and Nore’s futures will pan out but does give the reader some closure on the climactic events of the plot.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie Decker

    Nore's mom died and she's shocked to discover that her father has suddenly remarried a new woman while she's been away. Furthermore, Lisette is a bit too perfect, as are her teenage kids. Nore's mother comes to her in dreams trying to urge her and her father to escape the stepfamily, but she has no power, and everyone is bamboozled by these creepy strangers. Furthermore, they keep making comments that either make it clear they're hiding something or imply they have been alive for more than 100 y Nore's mom died and she's shocked to discover that her father has suddenly remarried a new woman while she's been away. Furthermore, Lisette is a bit too perfect, as are her teenage kids. Nore's mother comes to her in dreams trying to urge her and her father to escape the stepfamily, but she has no power, and everyone is bamboozled by these creepy strangers. Furthermore, they keep making comments that either make it clear they're hiding something or imply they have been alive for more than 100 years. What do they want with her dad and what is going to happen to her when she finds out their secrets? There are a couple clichés in this book--the random premonition gets ignored and turns out to be true, of course, and the creepy step-family has a terrible secret--and there wasn't a whole lot that was new brought to the table when the idea of living beyond a normal human lifespan is tackled in this book. But Lois Duncan is good at making reactions visceral and making you care about people even if they're in predictable situations. It's a little murky on the details sometimes, for a mystery, but some readers will still get invested no problem.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    I was very impressed by this novel by Lois Duncan. Nore was very a very sympathetic character from the beginning, and having her thrown into a new situation allowed for us to naturally be introduced to a new location and characters with her. The setting was perfect for a tale of secrets slowly revealed, and her isolation was brilliantly handled. I also liked that Nore wasn't left in the dark too long about the mysteries going on with her new family. Too many times, truths are painfully obvious t I was very impressed by this novel by Lois Duncan. Nore was very a very sympathetic character from the beginning, and having her thrown into a new situation allowed for us to naturally be introduced to a new location and characters with her. The setting was perfect for a tale of secrets slowly revealed, and her isolation was brilliantly handled. I also liked that Nore wasn't left in the dark too long about the mysteries going on with her new family. Too many times, truths are painfully obvious to the reader, while the main character stumbles along blindly looking more and more stupid as these glaring facts pile up. Duncan avoids this by having Nore pick up on things very quickly and investigate them when given the opportunity. Though the reality is hard to accept, she doesn't deny it to the point of it being ridiculous. My only complaint is that the conclusion seemed a bit rushed with the fate of two of the characters taking place off screen.

  26. 5 out of 5

    K.L. Gore

    I am a huge fan of Lois Duncan, so I might be a little biased. What I like in a story is tension and suspense, and Lois definitely delivers both in this book. If you enjoy modern teen fiction, you'll probably not relate to the main character. She speaks and thinks in a much more mature manner than teens in real life. But in the 80s, that was acceptable for literature. I found it a little amusing that people who reviewed this book found the dad insensitive and uncaring.If he were to believe her a I am a huge fan of Lois Duncan, so I might be a little biased. What I like in a story is tension and suspense, and Lois definitely delivers both in this book. If you enjoy modern teen fiction, you'll probably not relate to the main character. She speaks and thinks in a much more mature manner than teens in real life. But in the 80s, that was acceptable for literature. I found it a little amusing that people who reviewed this book found the dad insensitive and uncaring.If he were to believe her and take her out of the situation, there would be no story! The only part that I would have liked to have seen done differently is for the heroine to have rescued herself. It seems she had a lot of help. But in all, the story was well paced and suspenseful. A fun read. Much more interesting to me than a lot of the modern YA that I have read. But again, if you didn't grow up on 80s YA, you may have a tough time finding the main character credible because of the way she thinks and speaks.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzana Thompson

    I got nostalgic for a time when supernatural YA was more about suspense and uncovering secrets than hot guys. I found it funny that someone commented that the females in this book are obsessed with beauty, because the females in today's books are obsessed with male beauty. Not that I don't enjoy a hot guy as much as the next girl, but the heroine in this book actually rejects the hot guy when he suggests running away together. She doesn't melt and jump his bones. Although readers might guess the I got nostalgic for a time when supernatural YA was more about suspense and uncovering secrets than hot guys. I found it funny that someone commented that the females in this book are obsessed with beauty, because the females in today's books are obsessed with male beauty. Not that I don't enjoy a hot guy as much as the next girl, but the heroine in this book actually rejects the hot guy when he suggests running away together. She doesn't melt and jump his bones. Although readers might guess the mystery that is foreshadowed in this book, the suspense lies in if Nore will discover it in time to save herself. I thought that the ending was surprisingly poignant.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This book got better the further along it went. It wasn't as good to me as The Twisted Window or Down a Dark Hall; it was a little slower in building up the suspense and didn't reveal as much as quickly as the other two. I enjoyed the storyline, and in fact, as I was telling a friend about it, two other people overheard and seemed fascinated with the concept as well. The book is well-written. At first, I thought the first-person narrative was too mature for a seventeen-year-old character, but in This book got better the further along it went. It wasn't as good to me as The Twisted Window or Down a Dark Hall; it was a little slower in building up the suspense and didn't reveal as much as quickly as the other two. I enjoyed the storyline, and in fact, as I was telling a friend about it, two other people overheard and seemed fascinated with the concept as well. The book is well-written. At first, I thought the first-person narrative was too mature for a seventeen-year-old character, but in the end, it made sense because Nore isn't just telling her story--she's writing it. I recommend the book to people who like young adult suspense.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    THIS book had a good amount of conflict, but is confusing. The author does by keep telling the past and I dont know if there talking in the present or back then they will talk about there brother dead and there mother back and i get out of track because i think they are talking to the present and also they always have flash backs when they would remember something and some person who will know something will happen next and at the end they got in a car accident but there are alive but they notic THIS book had a good amount of conflict, but is confusing. The author does by keep telling the past and I dont know if there talking in the present or back then they will talk about there brother dead and there mother back and i get out of track because i think they are talking to the present and also they always have flash backs when they would remember something and some person who will know something will happen next and at the end they got in a car accident but there are alive but they noticed not to drive the car but they still did it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniel DallaValle

    Not bad. It reminded me of the teen angsty/horror/suspense/thriller movies that were ubiquitous in the mid to late 90's; where teenage characters have to defeat the slasher/ghost/alien/evil adults. I loved those movies as bad as some of them were. Considering this is the same author that wrote one of them (I Know What You Did Last Summer), it fits. Maybe a bit anti-climactic, but still a solid, albeit short, read.

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