Locked in Time

Locked in Time

by Lois Duncan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316099028
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/03/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 312,374
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lois Duncan is an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She has published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was adapted into a highly-successful horror film, and Who Killed My Daughter?, a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder.

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Gabe did not, after my initial morning at Shadow Grove, express any further interest in accompanying us to Merveille. Instead, he seemed suddenly to have developed an all-consuming passion for fishing. Through a classified ad in the Sunday paper, he bought himself a secondhand rowboat with an outboard motor and moored it in the rushes across the road from us. From then on, we hardly saw him. Every morning, he would disappear with a fuel can and his fishing gear immediately after breakfast and would reappear around dinnertime, sometimes bringing back a few bass, but, more often than not, empty-handed.

Once, Lisette surprised me by suggesting that he take me with him.

"Don't you think that it's time that you showed Nore some of the scenery along the river?" she asked him. "It's like a whole foreign world back there, so green and lovely. I'm sure she's never seen anything quite like it."

Gabe shot his mother a quick, dark glance and shook his head.

"Not yet," he said. "There's plenty of time for that. We've got all summer."

"Sometimes it's better not to put things off too long," said Lisette. "You never know what problems may arise if you do."

"I said, later," Gabe told her brusquely. "I'm just not ready yet."

He turned on his heel and stalked angrily out of the room.

That evening, he didn't come home until after dark. The rest of us had long since finished eating, and Josie and I were out in the kitchen in the process of loading the dishwasher. Gabe entered the room without a word of greeting, served himself from the soup pot on the back of the stove, and left again, still without speaking. A moment later, I heard the sound of his feet crashing hard upon the stairs and realized that he was taking his supper up to his room.

"Why is he acting this way?" I asked Josie, not attempting to conceal my hurt and bewilderment. "He seemed to like me well enough when I first got here. What have I done to make him so angry now?"

"You haven't done anything," said Josie. "Gabe gets like this when he's under a lot of pressure. He's got things on his mind, that's all."

"What sort of things?" I asked her, and then--as a possible explanation occurred to me--"Could it be that girl he used to go with, the one who gave him the herbs he uses in the anisette? He said that she lived in a cottage over by the river. Do you suppose he might be seeing her again?"

"No," Josie said with certainty. "Felicité is gone. She and Gabe broke up a long time ago."

"Maybe she's changed her mind and come back," I suggested. If that were the case, it would explain so many things--the long hours Gabe spent away from home each day, the often nonexistent catch after a whole day's fishing, his resistance to his mother's request that he take me with him on one of his excursions on the river.

"That's impossible," said Josie. "Felicité's dead."

"Dead!" For some reason, I reacted with as much shock to that statement as if I had known Gabe's former girlfriend personally. "When did that happen? Did Gabe just find out about it? No wonder he's been acting so distant and preoccupied."

"It didn't just happen. Gabe's known about it for years," Josie said. "He wasn't all that upset by it, even back when it happened. By then, the two of them had been broken up for ages."

"He wasn't upset by it!" I repeated incredulously. "But, Jo, he had to be! Maybe they weren't still going together, but to have somebody your own age, someone you'd once really cared about, die--"

"It happens all the time, Nore," Josie said calmly "Friends grow away from you, and they do die. That's why it's better not to get too attached to people. When you do, all that happens is that you end up sad."

Lying in bed that night, I thought back upon that statement and could hardly believe that the child had actually made it.

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Locked in Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ !!!! i loved this book it was REALLY good i read it within hours in school it has an ending like no other that is wonderful !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It started out slow, but once it got interesting I didn't want to stop. I like to read, but I'm not the biggest fan of it. This book was probably one of the best books I've ever read. If you get the opportunity you should read it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is a girl named Nore, whose mother dies in the very beginning of the book. After her mother's death, Nore's father sends her off to boarding school and while she was there, her father meets Lissenett and they decide to get married. In all the excitement, they "forgot" to tell Nore (which is what Lissenett wanted). After about three weeks, her father remembers Nore and sends for her to come and live with him and Lissenett. Nore doesn't know what's going to happen. She gets a strange feeling whenever she sees her new family. They're nice, but when she sees them DEATH flashes through her mind. If you were Lisette, Gabe or Josie in the novel "Locked In Time", by Lois Duncan, you'd know what it feels like to be the same age for over 100 years. Decades pass, new invention develop, those around you die, but you keep living on... When Nore Robbins goes to live with her dad, who recently remarried Lisette, she begins to sense something about her step-mother and her two kids. Through overhearing mysterious comments and piecing clues together, Nore begins to realize that her new step-family, by some strange occurence, never ages and never will because they are locked in time. The best part about this book is that it has it all (except comedy)... drama, murder, romance, mystery, suspense, science fiction and plenty of real life aspects. Having been written in first person main character, the book gives the reader an inside view on the story. You're right there with Nore as she's hearing the odd fragment of information and it's almost as if you are helping her piece clues together.  Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Locked in Time was awesome. I really liked it that Lois Duncan used Louisiana as the setting for the book. Louisiana being the state that I live in, it makes me proud and reminds everyone that it's a state filled with mysteries and a lot of ghostly history. I loved this book and the ending was awesome, but you have to read the ending to find out what happens because I don't want to spoil the ending for you. It was an awesome book and I hope you like it as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, MY! This is by far my FAVORITE Lois Duncan book. I have to tell you, Duncan is a GREAT writer. I have read a couple of her books and plan on reading more. I couldn't put this book down. It is so well written. I hope this one is only the start of great books by Duncan. THis is a MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books i read! I would recomend this book to anyone looking for a great book!
The_Black_Death More than 1 year ago
My English teacher had a copy on her bookshelf and I borrowed it, only to return it the next day, quite disappointed that the story was so short. It was creepy in the best way possible. I had a hard time falling asleep the night I finished it. Good to read if you don't mind watching your step for a whiloe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is very intersting. the plot is good and the story has a good twist. it is much differnt than any of the authors other books but by far one of the best. i LUVVEDD it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the school library, and I have always been one to read alot, but not this much!!! This book was wonderful and I could not stop reading it! If you but it definantly wont be a waste of your money!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best. When I first looked at the book I thought it might be good, but when I started to read it It was the best book I ever read. This author writes the best mistery books ever. I'm glad I bought the book and two more. I couldn't put the book down when I got down with the first chapter it was to good to set it down and forget about it for even 30 seconds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me crying, laughing and shaking with fear all at once. Lois Duncan is a great author and this was the first book I read from her. It was outstanding!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times and its one of my favorites. I fall in love with the charactors over and over again. Josie is truly close to my heart, she shares alot in common with my favorite book charactor Claudia from Interview with the vampire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best summer reading book i have read for a while. BEST BEACH READING BOOK!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started to read but i had to turn my book in
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a wonderful book. I read it and from the very first page, I could not put it down. It kept my attention the entire book and it was very interesting. I love it and would highly recommend it as reading material for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book I've ever read it took me about three to four hours and I am usually kind of slow at reading, but this book was too good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book! i enjoyed it very much. it was the first one i read by Lois Duncan and i look foward to reading more by her. the only thing i that confused me a bit was the ending. i wish there was a bit more detail about how 'things' (i wont give it away) ended up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Lois Duncan that I read. I absolutely loved it!!! I read it with my school's book club and we ALL enjoyed it. It has so many twists that are totally unexpected. At one part, I was shaking when I was reading it. It was amazing!! So, if you are searching for some thriller/mystery/horror/action/best book in the world... READ LOCKED IN TIME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book ever !!! ive read six Lois duncan books and i loved every one but this one was one of the best. It was full of excitement through and through,I read it in two days !!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book from the series && i couldnt stop reading it.... i love how its romantic but scary in a way. Trust me u all will probably read this in at least 3 days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Lois Duncan book! I have read all of them and this was soo good. A must read!!! Take it from a teen who knows
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it is one of my favorites ever! A great plotline makes it super hard to put this book down! I read it in 1 whole day...I loved it so much! A definate buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ME love the book i took that book with me when i went to Vietnam and i read it like 3 times and i still didnt get bored! i love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am 15 years old and for a school project we had to read a book over a period of 3weeks.Once i picked up the book i couldnt put it down.the way the auther tells you thing you can really get a good mental picture of what was happing. It took me less than a day to read it. Now i know what type of books i really enjoy thanks to the author Lois Duncan!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book ever! It keeps you on the edge of your seat! I read this book in under three days because I couldn't put it down. You HAVE to read Locked in Time. You don't know what you're missing! So read Locked In Time TODAY!!!!!