Daniel is a really engaging character, not one for snivelling and whinging, he just gets on with things and is determined to discover what motivated his mother to hide him away from the world. Each revelation serves to further increase his emotional turmoil.
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His uncle Severin is evil personified, switching between benevolent and malevolent at the drop of a hat. The plot moves swiftly with lots of twists and turns and the language is exquisite, ideally suited to the period setting but not too convoluted as to dissuade young readers. An extremely well crafted, atmospheric tale which will appeal to all ages. Sep 09, Lee Landes rated it really liked it. This is a scary book with the creepiest doll's house I've encountered.
It's set in Victorian times and Daniel is kept in a sick room, confined to bed by his Mother and that is all he's ever known. One day he is rescued by a local doctor and his mother is taken away to hospital. It soon turns out that Daniel isn't sick at all but he has nothing but loving memories of his mother and so he is perplexed by what her motives could have been in hiding him away.
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All goes well, however, as Daniel is then This is a scary book with the creepiest doll's house I've encountered. All goes well, however, as Daniel is then taken in by the doctor's lovely family. The only thing he takes with him to his new life is a doll's house and soon an undercurrent of menace enters his games with Sophie the daughter of the house. Daniel's life is turned upside down again when he mentions he has an uncle and he is sent away to stay with him in a creepy old house.
From then on Daniel is at the mercy of his strange uncle and the devil that walks at High Gates House.
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This is a real page turner but it would have frightened me to death if I'd read it when I was twelve so maybe it's for slightly older and braver children. Also, there's something quite dreary about all the settings and characters and so I don't know if I really enjoyed reading it. Mar 20, grdel rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Anne Fine's latest is a meticulously crafted Gothic horror story for teens. Fine's prose has always been lucid, and elegant, here, while she writes in a perfectly-judged Victorian style, her first person young boy's voice remains compelling and true.
The protagonist has lived his life in one room and learnt all he knows from books and from playing with a doll's house belonging to his mother, who is his only carer and his jailer. Though he has been told he is sick, there is nothing physically wron Anne Fine's latest is a meticulously crafted Gothic horror story for teens. Though he has been told he is sick, there is nothing physically wrong with him, as he discovers when the local doctor stages an intervention to liberate him from his mother's clutches.
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There is a brief respite when he lives happily in the doctor's household but soon the shadow of a mysterious uncle who lives in his mother's childhood home the model for the doll's house begins to fall upon him Fine has included the classic tropes of Gothic horror with wicked uncles and great houses, mixed it up with the uncanny 'dolls coming alive' thing done so beautifully by Rumer Godden and centred the whole around the heartbreaking story of a boy trying to comprehend his mother's descent into madness. This is an absolutely gripping book, perfect for the not too sensitive!
May 30, Adele Broadbent rated it really liked it. Daniel has always believed he was a sickly child, kept inside and bedridden most of the time. When neighbours report this to the local doctor, he tricks Daniel's mother into letting him inside and he rescues Daniel from his room. His mother is admitted to the local asylum. When his mum hangs herself, there is little for Daniel to inherit, other than a very large, exquisitely made doll's house — an exact replica scale model of the great house in which his mother grew up in. But why did she hide him Daniel has always believed he was a sickly child, kept inside and bedridden most of the time.
But why did she hide him away? What does the doll's house have to do with it?
And who is the strange Uncle Jack he has never heard of? This is an eerie, chilling story, set in Victorian England. Great read. Aug 26, Yellowoasis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wow what a wonderful, creepy story! Since discovering Ursula Dubosarsky's thesis on dolls house stories and her strange, mysterious book Abyssinia I've sought out similar books.
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This book reads like M R James for the set. Brilliantly atmospheric, hard to see where the plot is going next. The kind of book to gobble up in one go by candlelight. Nov 06, Susan rated it liked it. Like all Anne Fine's books, this one is very well-crafted. But decide for yourself! Read The Devil Walks! This is the first book from Anne Fine that I have read. It was well written and the characters were done well and there was a gothic, supernatural, feel to it.
But overall I was little bit underwhelmed by the story and how it worked out. May 28, Nikko rated it it was ok. This book was ok. Aug 02, Hannah rated it it was amazing. This really was not what I expected and, boy, was I glad about that!
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This book really did keep me enthralled, It always had me guessing and surprised when the truth came out. Loved it, I recommend it to anyone who likes slight underlays of voodoo and murder Jun 24, Renee rated it liked it. Great beginning, but I felt let down by the ending. I expected creepier stuff and more action.
Sep 20, Kate B rated it really liked it. Feb 15, Hayley rated it really liked it. I loved this book, but not sure the suicide was appropriate for certain age groups. Mar 26, Christine rated it really liked it.
It gave me the chill, and was entertaining all the way :. Feb 12, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: s2. Jun 01, Silvia Chenel rated it liked it. Its OK. I have read better books Apr 19, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in-usa. A 'fun' but dark book! Dec 26, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: borrowed , 5-star , read An interesting and wonderfully written story with awesome characters. Apr 21, Kasey Keeley rated it did not like it. A wonderfully creepy story completely ruined by the reliance on extraordinarily caricaturish, racist tropes about "primitive" tribes practicing human sacrifice and "Voodoo" magic.
Mar 16, Alison rated it liked it Shelves: school-reading. Good kids suspense fiction. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. About Anne Fine. Anne Fine. Though readers often find themselves inadvertently laughing aloud as they read Anne Fine's novels, as she herself admits, "a lot of my work, even for fairly young readers, raises serious social issues.
Growing up is a long and confusing business. I try to show that the battle through the chaos is worthwhile and can, at times, be seen as very funny. Anne is best known in her home country, England, as a writer principally for children, but over the years she has also written eight novels for adult readers. These novels have proved great favourites with reading groups, causing readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath.
It's perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not even more common. Anne has written more than sixty books for children and young people. Amongst numerous other awards, she is twice winner of both the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most prestigious children's book award, and the Whitbread Award.
Her work has been translated into forty five languages. Anne Fine lives in the north of England and has two grown up daughters. Books by Anne Fine. Trivia About The Devil Walks. No trivia or quizzes yet. Her voice will captivate you and her tales will seduce you. Her newest tale of the macabre is about a diner along a dark stretch of road that receives one final customer of the night. The Devil. And the remaining people inside the diner are in for one hell of a night. Lilith's story reminds us that even though we may not believe in the devil, that doesn't mean he isn't real.
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Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. She's the wicked dissector of social mores. She's the person who knows everything there is to know about families of every kind. She was an excellent Children's Laureate. She's a tireless promoter of good books for everyone. She's sharp and clever and witty and also, along with the precision of her analysis of relationships, tender-hearted and anxious for every unhappy child in the world. But it doesn't do to take her for granted or think you've got her classified. She's diversified again. If you go to Anne's website apologies I haven't been able to put in a link so I'm afraid you'll have to Google her!
There are all the elements here of a great scary read. A big house. An old dolls' house, hints of voodoo and worse, possible evil residing in all kinds of unexpected places, a garden with a maze in it, hidden things, things that aren't what they seem at first: Fine deals herself a full hand of the Gothic imagery and trappings but if the book were no more than a collection of special effects, it wouldn't be the wonderful book it is.
What makes it really good is the emotional heart of the story, which deals with the way we find love in a hostile world.