For my first review, I've decided to read an older book. I've been revisiting books and authors that I liked when I was little. However, I don't think I ever have read anything by Lois Duncan before. She is most famous for her book "I Know What You Did Last Summer." I have never read this book, nor have I seen the movie, or if I did see the movie, I have forgotten about it.
This book was
originally published in 1974, and the edition I read obviously came
from the 1990s, due to an advertisement inside the book, "Get it on
videocassette!" and the cover is very 1990s. The book seems a little
dated to me, with the 1990s look, and the book references carbon copies
and the characters all write letters. While this is not a bad thing, I
can see this book as not getting checked out that often from the
library, and it may not be relevant to the the target audience.
book is gothic fiction, and I was really enjoying it, until the
"mystery" was solved, then I felt a little disappointed. I didn't find
the final threat or antagonists to be horrifying. In a lot of ways, I
think it's more a psychological thriller than a ghost story, which is
what I was expecting. I didn't find the book to be scary, and I was
expecting something a little scarier.
As for the
characters, I think they were pretty well drawn, a few of them were
bland, and I didn't understand the point of Jules being an attractive
young teacher. I liked the contrast of Ruth and Kit, the main character
and the conflict between them towards the end of the book. I would
have liked to see that expanded.
Overall, I would give
the book a 5 out of 10. I did like it, but it didn't pack the scare
punch I was expecting, and I am a big scaredy cat, so that's not that
hard to do!