Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lois Duncan's The Twisted Window

I received a free copy of Lois Duncan's The Twisted Window in exchange for a review.

I remember reading Gallows Hill, Down a Dark Hall, Summer of Fear, Killing Mr. Griffin, Don't Look Behind You, I Know What You Did Last Summer. . . to name a few. When I was a kid, I looked forward to Duncan's new books. I was a library kid and mine didn't have a copy of this book so I missed out on reading this one. I was excited to get the opportunity to read The Twisted Window because I hadn't read Duncan for a long time. Now that I've read it, would I still like the other books if I reread them?

The Twisted Window is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million

The Twisted WindowThe Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I loved a couple books by Lois Duncan when I was a kid but I hadn't read this one. I was excited to receive a free copy in exchange for a review from NetGalley but was disappointed to find the book was just okay.

The plot idea is good - guy convinces girl he just met to help him and girl gets dragged into his messed-up world because she never questions him or his motives. Girl acts without thinking. Good lesson to teach kids but the delivery left a lot to be desired.

The characters are flat and fail to support the plot. The dialogue is forced and, while there's a couple lines mentioning cell phones, everything else in the book (especially the clothing) feels dated. A weak ending barely ties the plot threads together enough so I can imagine the ending that wasn't written.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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