When the Wind Blows

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The children were waiting. Waiting for centuries.  Waiting for someone to hear their cries. Now  nine-year-old Christine Lyons has come to live in the  house on the hill — the house where no children  have lived for fifty years. Now little Christie will  sleep in the old-fashioned nursery on the third  floor. Now Christie's terror will begin.

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Overview

The children were waiting. Waiting for centuries.  Waiting for someone to hear their cries. Now  nine-year-old Christine Lyons has come to live in the  house on the hill — the house where no children  have lived for fifty years. Now little Christie will  sleep in the old-fashioned nursery on the third  floor. Now Christie's terror will begin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440194903
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 991,177
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

House of Reckoning is John Saul’s thirty-sixth novel. His first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include In the Dark of the Night, Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, The Right Hand of Evil, Guardian, and Faces of Fear. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Hawaii.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    This was my first John Saul book that I read years ago. I've alw

    This was my first John Saul book that I read years ago. I've always loved this book! After all these years, it stills gives me goose bumps. In one way he makes you feel
    for Diana and yet in another sense, you want to hate her. For the mother, I despise her for the most part; but towards the end I find myself trying to forgive her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    love him!!

    I 100% love John Saul and have for many many years, this was the first book I ever read by him so I had to purchase it again for my nook. There is nothing this man writes I havent fallen in love with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Good thriller

    I read this book many years ago as a teenager and loved it then. It is still a good suspenseful story and is a great pick for anyone who likes thrillers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    'The readers were waiting. Waiting for hours. Waiting for something interesting to happen.'

    This is my first John Saul book. While it won't be my last, I won't be re-reading When the Wind Blows. I found the general progression of this novel to be fair. There was typical suspense scattered throughout the piece, yet the true action was unloaded during the last five chapters. While I did not hate When the Wind Blows, I did not particularly enjoy it either. I have read much better books, far more thrilling and suspenseful than this. I certainly would not classify this as 'horror' by any means. It isn't a ghost story either, as the excerpts, front and back covers, and publisher's notes imply. The main terror of the book lies within the character of Diana, Christie Lyons' caretaker after Christie's parents die. Having been oppressed by her own mother Edna, who is elderly and still exerting her control over Diana, Diana inflicts the same behavior onto her 'child,' Christie. The emotional state of Diana teeters between multiple personality disorder and sheer insanity. This I felt was the only aspect of When the Wind Blows that was horrific. Saul develops the characters well, yet the action falls short. Things aren't explained thoroughly and I found myself re-reading parts of the book to see if I had missed something. There are several loose ends that need to be tied up and the reader's imagination just cannot assume the role of this task; Saul simply fails to include all the elements. The book was a fair read and it went quickly. I just didn't have much of an interest in all the drama going on in between the children. Much of the book focuses solely on the character of Christie and her nine-year-old buddies. I personally did not have too much in common with youngsters. I felt that this plot was trivial and could be classified as a mediocre young-adult fiction novel. As the story progresses, the ending is predictable. Overall, When the Wind Blows is a decent book. It is just missing something. I would rather had spend my week reading something that actually scared or challenged me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    So sad

    This book was really fun to read. It was gripping, and always kept you guessing. The ending was almost sad, because it wasn't quite made clear to you that the horror was truly over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    Love John Saul

    I really liked this book. Most of John Saul's books I would give 5 stars, but this one I gave 4 stars. It is a good book, but John Saul has done better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2001

    Must Read

    If you like mystery and old legends this is the book for you. The book is based on a 300 year old story about a house on top of a hill that has not had any children living in it until, you guessed it 300 years later. The people that live there are trying to stop the souls of the children from haunting the house. A must read. Wonderful writer!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    A terrifying crie

    This book is a great for your kids into mystery and terror. This book has an unsolved indian tale finally solved 300 years after it began. The only people that know about it are the ones trying to stop it.

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