Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
Brad was just trying to get his half-sister back from his evil stepfather. So why didn't this feel right?
Open Road Media and Net Galley allowed me to download and read this new ebook edition of Ms. Duncan's story. You can buy a copy online now. Ms. Duncan has been writing for a long time and her books are classics, so it's nice to see them being presented in ebook form for the new generation of geeks.
Tracy is staying with her aunt and uncle now. Her mother died and her father is overseas in a new role and hasn't time for her right now. She's in a new school and has made some new friends, but she's really vulnerable. Brad realizes that.
He tells her how his stepfather has custody of his half-sister and his mother is losing her mind because of worry about her. She's sympathetic but isn't sure about helping him. When she gets in trouble with her aunt and uncle and feels no one really cares about what happens to her, she realizes that is probably how that poor little one feels. She decides to help, but nothing turns out like it was planned...
Ms. Duncan has always written stories that have a bit of horror in them. This story's horror is psychological. She also has a message here: Follow your gut instinct. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it.