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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,914 ratings  ·  80 reviews
One talks to the dead. The other heals the living. Both must make the ... "Mystery Walk" From deep within the empty house of a murdered family, Billy Creekmore hears his name whispered... and is drawn inside. At a revival meeting in Alabama, Wayne Falconer demonstrates his miraculous healing powers... while demons feast and grow in his soul. On separate journeys through th ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Pocket Books (first published 1982)
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McCammon's name drew me to this title far more than what I knew about the plot. I am wary of "supernatural" fiction i.e. anything that focuses on ghosts and spirits and what-not. If I'm going to read some horror fiction, I'd rather that the fantastic elements have teeth, claws, or at least the rotten flesh of the undead. Monsters are my thing, all the way.

Here, McCammon does offer up a monster of sorts, but he takes his time doing it while spinning a longish tale of a family that is touched by t
Review edited 10.14.13.

I am a HUGE Robert McCammon fan. Since his older works are all becoming available as e-books now, I'm trying to re-read everything of McCammon's that I read as a teenager. Lucky for me, these stories stand the test of time.

Mystery Walk is the story of two boys. One of Choctaw blood that can see and speak to the dead. The other, the son of a famous evangelist, can heal the sick. The stories of these boys on their way to manhood is fascinating. How they discover the gifts wh
Miss Kim
4 1/2 stars

I do think if you are a big Stephen King fan, that you will enjoy McCammon as . McCammon writes... simpler? King has admitted him self that he has verbal diarrhea.

Do you love a great Good Vs. Evil story? This is a good one. I couldn't put it down for hours on the first day I picked it up, but then I lost my momentum for skipping reading for a week... I do not advise that!

This is a great read with a twist that I didn't see hit me in the forehead... awesome.

Tamora Pierce
There are two boys/young men born with paranormal gifts. One is the son of a woman who puts down restless ghosts and demons at a cost to herself. She has Native American blood and the gift has come to her through her family line, along with the monster that hunts the people of her family, trying to get them to destroy themselves once they've begun their careers. The other boy is the grandson of a revival preacher, a healer who is terrified of the people he heals and of his power to heal them. He ...more
Mystery Walk has everything I love in a story: coming of age characters, good vs. evil, ghosts, suspense, scares... Like all of McCammon's works, Mystery Walk is a huge story I was able to lose myself in.
Boy -- I really WANTED to like this book...

To me, Robert McCammon is a hidden treasure -- a less known, less formulaic, and more lyrical version of Dean Koontz. Given the relative quality of these two writers, I always wondered why their relative fame wasn't reversed.

But this one just didn't deliver for me. As in a number of his previous books, MYSTERY WALK takes place in the deep south, in an era -- the 50's and 60's -- that McCammon clearly knows and cherishes. But this book just didn't gener
Well then.

I have a feeling that this probably wasn't the best of McCammon's books to start with... or, at least I hope that's the case. I was less than impressed with this one for much of the time it took to get through it, and while I guess it was interesting enough (as in I was interested enough to continue on and see what happened), I didn't really ever feel invested in the story or the characters.

Perhaps it was the fact that I listened to this as an audiobook, a recording from tape circa 1
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way McCammon builds layers to his characters. I thought it was interesting how Billy received the gift of truth from his parents, especially his mother...and the other twin was not ever necessarily told the truth. The lack of truth seemed to greatly effect their lives, especially at the end. Billy wanted nothing more than to be truthful and compassionate, I'm not so sure about his brother. I think all the lies and misguided truths left him so confused. I wa ...more
Kelly Truelove
This book was phenomenal! It chronicles a boy, Billy, who inherits his mother's ability to lay souls to rest and tendency for premonition. Their journey, steeped in Native American tradition, is called a "mystery walk." A second character, Wayne, whose relationship is revealed later in the story, has a similar ability but uses this ability to increase offerings to his father's church. Both suffer from recurring nightmares and question both their purpose and place in the world. Wayne doesn't know ...more
Robert McCammon is a master storyteller. It doesn't seem to matter that his books are ginormous ... they're always so engaging that the length is inconsequential. At least, that's been my experience with his books so far. The characters he creates are SO real that they just come alive on the page. Mystery Walk tells the story of two boys who are inexplicably drawn to each other by an unknown (preternatural) force. The novel details their lives and their encounters with each other along the way. ...more
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I usually enjoy McCammon, but not this time. Could be because it's dated. Could be because I had a Pentecostal upbringing and Wayne's Bible-thumping, healing preacher character gave me unpleasant flashbacks to 1980s revival tent meetings. I did actually slog through nearly to the end, before I decided to stop wasting my precious reading time. So, there it sits, under my bedside table. Only one or two more chapters left to go. And I think I'm okay with that.
It's been awhile since I read a good horror story, so I was pleased to find myself immersed in this one. The characters were fairly well-developed and the premise was good. No surprises, but still a well-told tale.
Derek Davis
Mystery Walk is close to McCammon's best (Boy's Life), dealing with character more than plot while slipping through a supernatural haze only partially explained.
Ramona Creekmore, part Choctaw Indian, and her young son Billy can see and speak to those dead who, because of their violent end, cannot escape the mundane world. Like their ancestors, Ramona and Billy have a mission to free these souls, help them over the speed bump into the afterlife – a mission Billy would just as soon escape, at lea
Kevin Lucia
Absolutely awesome. I can't say it enough, I love Robert McCammon's work - it beats with a heart and soul so much work is missing today....
The only other McCammon story I have read other than this one was Swan Song. I thought it was amazing. I should have read this one first. It was really good but I kept comparing it to Swan Song and it fell a little short.

It was a standard issue good vs evil story with a slight twist. Nothing really new here but the writing draws you in. In my limited experience with his writing, I've found he's able to keep you reading 'just one more chapter' better than most authors I've read. The story reminds
Terrible. Just terrible. I loved Swan Song, and I just can't say how disappointed I am in this book by the same author. It read completely amateurish in every way. The story was half-baked and a mish-mash of barely (if at all) connected ideas, the characters were 2-dimensional and flat (and often more like caricatures and totally unbelievable), and I'm frankly not convinced that the chronology and the description of the eras were correct either! If someone had told me this was a 20-year old's fi ...more
C. Lorion
Baal (1978), Bethany's Sin (1980), Night Boat (1980), They Thirst (1981). Those are the first four published novels of Robert R McCammon. Of them, I've read only They Thirst, and that was way back during my junior high school days. I don't remember where I bought the paperback (probably at the local Book Corner store), but I do remember seeing the incredible, embossed book cover They Thirst by Robert McCammon and thinking, "Man, I have got to read this." I did. Let's just say that it's not today's vampire novel. As far as i ...more
I'd been avoiding this book.

I mean... I've LOVED all the McCammon stuff I've read so far. Stinger They Thirst and especially Swan Song were all INCREDIBLE! And I've had this book and others just waiting to be read.

But I was kind of dreading this.
The TITLE!? Just awful.
The premise? Meh.

But I'll be DAMNED. McCammon's writing just speaks to me and his characters are so easy to relate to and empathize with. Even when I'm skeptical about the content, he just SELLS IT.

I enjoyed this immensely and I'
This book has been around for ages, I know because I've glanced over the cover probably a thousand times. Always the same cover, a dark sky with a strange feline-esque face shrieking out of it. Having never heard of McCammon until recently I'd glance at the cover and shake my head assuming the book was more over-hyped badly written horror. Magically this book, whose cover had turned me off for so many years, appeared on my shelf, so out of morbid curiosity I began to read. By the following eveni ...more
I usually eat up stories that involve some kind of pinnacle face off between good and evil, but in Mystery Walk, my first McCammon book, I just couldn't become engaged enough in the characters to be invested in the challenges that they faced.

For the most part, when the characters are good, they're good. And when they're bad, they're bad. There's little to no grey zone until - BAM! Personalities pull 180s that seem convenient to the plot.

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This was great fun as long as it stuck to its backwoods setting, and then to the traveling carnival one of the main characters joined. Sadly, the last 100 pages or so, once the action moves to an all-powerful mobster's compound in the Mexican desert, were completely uninvolving for me and I was disappointed in how everything wrapped up. The more it focused on Wayne Falconer, the confused young faith healer, the less it held up, because I found him to be a flat and uninvolving character. The enti ...more
Brian Taylor
Fairly decent read with some rather slow parts and POV issues. All-in-all this felt like a book from the 80's -- it takes plenty of time building characters and plot, with a pretty good payoff at the end. I would have liked more time with the red eyed shapechanger though. It went from sort of creepy to whoa, I didn't know it could do that! At times the antagonist didn't feel evil, or threatening enough. If you're a fan of early Koontz or King, you'll probably like this book too.
Michael Hall
Mystery Walk was a nice suspenseful coming of age tale, with a little bit of horror, involving two brothers separated at birth and their struggle of good versus evil. One can ease the passage of trapped spirits into the afterlife, as well as see a black aura around those who are soon to die. The other is a faith healer trapped by fear and lies. McCammon also does a good job of hinting at the evils of religion and racism in rural Alabama of 30-50 years ago. The only issue I had with the story and ...more
Less than 100 pages to go and i realized i wasn't enjoying this book like i should and put it down, which is near impossible for me to do because i have to finish everything. (I'm slowly getting it through my head to stop reading a book if im not loving it.) Its so strange because there are such interesting things going on that i would normally like; the good vs evil aspect, the octopus ride, the school dance even the KKK show up (not that i like them lol.) The bottom line for me is that there i ...more
Crap, the edition I read isn't on here. This was a pretty good horror novel. The scene with the saw that screams like a man was great, as another reviewer noted, and I loved the idea of an evil carnival ride. And the reanimated fat man's corpse chasing two dudes across the desert with razor-studded brass knuckles. But there was some filler too, and, like a couple of other people said, there are some pacing problems, and new characters pop up towards the end of the book that should have come in m ...more
Joshua Mcdonald
great ending twist.

i love the idea of having someone who does things with ghosts and having it not feel feminine. also the main character is met with many unrelated problems through his life, instead of just one convoluted problem, which is great. mccammon is truely one of the best.
Otis Campbell
I love the dead before they rise
No farewells, no goodbyes
I never knew your rotting face
While friends and lovers mourn your silly grave
I have other uses for you, Darling
Sean McBride
This wasn't McCammon's best effort, but it was a good story none-the-less. He has a knack for bringing in a fantastic situation (In this case talking to the dead and supernatural healing), but covering it up with deeper set issues (racism, religious zealotry, and classism). The themes were superb and they drove the story, but there was some trouble with structure in this one. It was about the journey that the two main characters had to make, but it would jump from scenario to scenario without mu ...more
Tara Marie
I first read this book about 10 years and it hooked me instantly. I've read it through 2 or 3 times already and this time is still proving to have an effect. I haven't read anything else by McCammon, as I don't seem to be able to find any.

This book is worth the read in my opinion. It can be campy in some places, but it's to be expected.
One of my favorite books. Some parts of the book made the hair on the back on my neck stand up. Loved, loved it.
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