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Posted February 16, 2014
Blast from the Past
Man, was this a blast from the past! I grew up in the 80's and Lois Duncan was a regular on the library shelves. Seemed like every where you looked, there was a new Lois Duncan mystery novel just waiting to be checked out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did when I was younger. The first time I read it, it opened my eyes to what reading could be. It could be suspenseful, mysterious, surprising and you could fall in love with characters ... you could bond with them. But as an adult, the book just fell short for me. I didn't feel that same connection with the main character that I did all those many, many, MANY years ago. Maybe I'm just jaded now from the hundreds ... dare I say more like close to 1,000 or over?!? ... of books that I have read since first picking up The Twisted Window. Either way, I just couldn't connect this time.
It's a well written book, no huge grammatical errors or lulls in the story. Everything ran smoothly, it just was a bit boring to me. That's it ... no shock and awe. I wanted the shock and awe. I wanted to be taken by surprise or gasp in horror as I flipped the pages. Now, before you say it's because I remembered the book, I didn't. Heck, I didn't remember anything about this book but that I blew through 3 copies when I was younger.
Not much else to say ... the ending was a bit ... anticlimactic for me. It felt like things were just coming to a head and then fizzled out for me. Probably would be a good read for the young kids - around 11 or 12 ... they probably wouldn't be able to predict what was going to happen next and get a little more out of the book than I did.
Posted June 7, 2007
I am a huge fan of her books, but was really disappointed with this on. It just didn't seem like it could live up to her other works. It was okay, but not something I would recommend others to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2005
An Epic of a Imbecile Detraction
The Twisted Window is a mystery and supposebly a thriller book. This book is about a boy named Brad, the protagonist, who is trying to get back his younger step-sister Mindy, back because Brad says that Gavin, Brad¿s step-father and also the antagonist, has kidnapped her. Brad needs help finding her so he turns to Tracy a high school student at Winfield, for help. She accepts, but doesn¿t know what she¿s getting into and gets suspicious, not knowing Brad very well or his past. Later she finds out the truth about Brad¿s past and sees what a horrible thing she and Brad have done in the end. I have read some of Lois Duncan¿s books before they were ok. But I didn¿t enjoy The Twisted Window very well. Sometimes I got really bored throughout the book. There wasn¿t much excitement at times. I also got a little lost during the book not defining the characters/people in the book got confusing and irritating. She didn¿t describe Brad or Tracy the main characters, very well either. I went through most of the book thinking Brad had short, spiky hair, but then it said in about half way through the book that he had curly hair. It was strange and I didn¿t like it. It also said it would be not only a mystery, but a thriller. This book was NOT a thriller. A thriller to me would be something suspenseful, exciting, or even a little scary. I looked up ¿thriller¿ in the dictionary and it said, ¿A work of fiction or drama, with a great deal of action, mystery, adventure, or suspense.¿ This book was boring, a mystery, some adventure, and not exciting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.