Summer of Fear

Summer of Fear

by Lois Duncan


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From the moment Rachel's family takes in her orphaned cousin Julia, strange things start to happen. Rachel grows suspicious but soon finds herself alienated from her own life. Julia seems to have enchanted everyone to turn against her, leaving Rachel on her own to try and prove that Julia is a witch. One thing about Julia is certain-she is not who she says she is, and Rachel's family is in grave danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316099073
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 222,042
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(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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Summer of Fear 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
anastasha More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, i love the suspense build in it and all the weird events that happen in it. Read It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really dont read but when ever i had to do a book report on a book i just went to the libery a picked up this book and started to read it and now i am read a lot of lois duncan's book b/c i love them!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad, but could have been better. I'm under the impression that this book was written for teenagers/young adults. The plot is very basic, and the author stays away from mature subjects and language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book i ever read. Its so fun to read a book i actually enjoy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite book by Lois Duncan. I recommend this book 100%
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv the book best book ever read its my fav book Lots of suspense makes you never want to put the book down it makes you say i wonder whats going to happen next
Anonymous 12 months ago
This isn't Duncan's best book, but it's far from her worst. Middle of the road, I'd say. Rachel, aka Rae, is a teenager who suddenly finds herself sharing her home with a newly orphaned cousin, Julia. At first she tries to make her feel welcome, but slowly she realizes that there's something -- many somethings -- off about her. Then when Julia steals her boyfriend, her best friend, and apparently kills her dog, she starts to snoop around and discovers that this cousin is more than odd, she is a witch. Yes, a witch, complete with potions and talismans she uses to make men fall in love with her and to do away with her enemies. Here Duncan starts to get silly, with the pseudo-literate signs and powers of witches that Rae finds out via research: witches can't be photographed? Dogs recognize a practicing witch and will react by attacking her? Witches can kill someone by walking around their bed three times? Pretty dumb. Of course, no one believes Rae when she makes like Gladys Kravitz on "Bewitched" and tries to out Julia; she's smply dismissed as jealous. She confronts Julia directly, who more or less admits she's cor rect, but is confident that Rae will never triumph. It's not until the end that Rae discovers the full extent of her plan, and deception: she's not even Julia! She's a hired woman who murdered the real Julia and her parents so that she could escape the backwoods of her birth. Her plan? To seduce Rae's handsome father and become his new wife, blithely doing away with Rae's mother, Rae herself, and anyone else who might stop her. Kind of a shaky plan, if you ask me, but the revelation serves as the impetus for the climax, where Rae rushes off to thwart not-Julia's dastardly plans for her mother, using the greatest power of all, which her enemy cannot defeat: love. Come on, you saw that coming a thousand miles away. Not-Julia has split by the time Rae and her mother return home, apparently to find some new lives to wreck, and everyone she's cast a spell on goes back to normal. But there's more: the end of the book refers back to the beginning, where a college-aged Rae, now living with her boyfriend (though he's probably her husband at that point), reading a newspaper story about a family going missing, and there's mention of an unidentified female friend...uh oh! So, bottom line, it's a fun enough read if you can suspend your disbelief almost to the breaking point.
Camethyste on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lois Duncan has a knack of pulling you into her stories and feeling the angst and frustration of her characters. As with most of her other books that I've read, she's done the same here. I could actually feel Rachel's frustration and anger at how her family and friends totally accepted Julia and wouldn't believe Rachel. I was a good halfway through the book before I had a clue of how things were going to end. Great book, full of suspense and very creepy.
DuffieJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lois Duncan's "Summer of Fear" is another suspenseful book from an author who has made a career out of writing YA books filled with suspense. The book, written in 1976, tells the story of typical teen Rachel and a new "family member" Julia. Julia, the daughter of her aunt is thrust into Rachel's life because of a horrible accident which killed both of her parents. Rachel has difficulty adapting to Rachel's arrival and subsequent taking over of her life. Mysterious things are happening and suspicious Rachel is desperate to discover all the secrets that Julia has brought with her...This is a decent book although the "shock" is at least partly obvious and Rachel's narration is very,very dated. Overall it would be a good recommendation for fans of teen suspense or for those middle/early-high school readers who enjoyed "I Know What You Did Last Summer".
jnfalvey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rachel doesn't understand why she can't warm up to her recently-orphaned cousin Julia. Is it because Rachel's dog, Trickle, takes an immediate and intense dislike to her? Is it because Julia gets along so well with all of her friends--and her boyfriend? Is it because of the way Julia talks to Rachel's dad, more like a woman than a girl? Or is it something more sinister than Rachel can imagine?A fast-moving, nail-biting novel of suspense that will leave you hanging until the last chapter.
miksmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lois Duncan knows how to keep a reader in suspense! She provides enough clues to keep you a step ahead of Rachel, as she tries to prove to her family that cousin Julia is not the helpless victim of tragedy that she pretends to be. As her lone ally lies stricken and unable to help, Rachel must act alone, and quickly, to prove her instincts about Julia are true - that her cousin is not just different, but troubled and capable of real harm. I was surprised to be drawn into this book so quickly. The reader, as an outside observer, is sometimes able to see things that Rachel cannot, which adds to the suspense. This was also frustrating - knowing that Rachel was right, while her family would not believe her.
jessb8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summer of Fear is for a person who doesn't get scared easily. Julia, who is supposed t obe a very nice cousin, is acting extremely strange after just one week.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The auther is Lois duncan. By the way i am 10 years old and i can NOT wait to be a teenager!!! So i can read these kind of books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a really good twist at the end. It gets better trust me
Sweettea93 More than 1 year ago
This book was so good that I couldn't put it down and read it in only one day!!! It's filled with drama and has a supernatural twist. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This waa the besttt book. Will alwaysbe my faveorite in the world. Very shocking. And it is a page turner you don't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book i ever read by the author and i absolutely fell for her writing! I started reading all of her other books afterward. It is hard to choose my favorite! I would recommend any of her books to young adults such as i.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of her best books but a good quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lois duncan writes amazing books especially stranger with my face it was amazing how the other twin (the bad one) was hurting everyone that is close to the other one (the good one).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone who likes a good teen conflict mystery