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In the Middle of the Night

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  471 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Denny answered the phone.

He was forbidden to ever answer the phone, but at 16, he figured his dad’s rule was just stupid.
And Denny is soon plunged into a terrifying ordeal of revenge and madness for a horrific incident that happened 25 years before.
ebook, 192 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Jul 21, 2014 Maciek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightmares ended when you woke up. Guilt never ended, worst in the dark of night but with you all the time, day or night.

After reading the great I Am The Cheese, I knew I had to read more of Robert Cormier, who's slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. His fiction is unrelenting, demanding and bleak, often tragic. His characters are driven by desperation - to understand themselves, seek solace of personal revenge. Although short, his books pack a great punch - his resolves often aren't pre
On Halloween night, eight years before Denny was born, his father was in an accident at his place of work. It was horrible and that accident has haunted Denny's father for the past 25 years.

Every year phone calls begin in October and Denny has been told to never answer the phone. But he's sixteen now and he decides one day to do what he's not supposed to: answer the phone.

I've only read two books by Robert Cormier, After the First Death and Tenderness. It's been about ten years since I've read
ACS Librarian
There 19s a powerful buildup to this story. And when the suspense takes over, it 19s immediate and exciting. But the most lurid sections are very strange. They smother any chance for this to be a clear-cut scary fun or even scary shock read. The car crash, the cancer, the inspiration to torment innocent teenagers, and the teen 19s embrace of torment: I 19m not sure what to think about any of that.

Dawn and Nicole are parallels, the heart of gold fresh-faced girls who can see the innate goodness
Megan E Marcum
Feb 20, 2014 Megan E Marcum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a fantastic book. it gave me lots of suspense. it is a little confusing at the beginning but towards the middle it more understandable. first it talks about 2 orphans, then it talks about a 16 year old movie theater worker, then it goes back to the orphans, finally it goes back to the 16 year old but grown up taking care of his 16 year old son. the old orphans end up coming back to the old 16 year old to get him back for what he did long ago. this is a good book who likes being kept on ...more

This book was really good but sadly, just not 5* quality. To point out few things, the sentence structure is odd for me. Robert Cormier wrote like "Should of been more civil." and " She did not press him to talk. Did not ask any more questions..." , that is, to state a couple of examples. I did take into account who the author is and having read his work before, I knew I should expect a complex beginning. It took me 'til 'round page 100 to identify who was who. This story reminded me of anot

Nov 01, 2011 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nightmares ended when you woke up. Guilt never ended, worst in the dark of night but with you all the time, day or night."

In the Middle of the Night, P. 86

Robert Cormier never bothers with quaint sayings about how everything will be okay if we just keep a positive attitude, and the only one who can derail our life is ourselves. His shocking, sobering novels demonstrate quite convincingly that other people can mess us up for life through no fault of our own, that misguided rage and a lust fo
Jan 10, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Cormier is my favorite author.

Denny Colbert's father was involved in a tragic accident as a teenager, which resulted in the deaths of 22 people. Denny isn't allowed to get his driver's license, have a job, or even answer the telephone, and he moves so often that he is always the new kid in school. When he's sixteen, he breaks the rules and answers the phone. But who is the person on the other side?

This novel, while good, is a little disappointing at the end. The story has a good premise,
Lisa Rathbun
I'm only vaguely familiar with Cormier, but I thought I should read him at some point and the book's blurb caught my attention. Having finished it, however, I'm not a fan. The main character lives in a lonely, depressing world, as if he were living in a fog. I found it very depressing. The beginning was a little weird, and the middle was gripping - especially the parts focusing on Denny's father - but the end was a real letdown, especially once Denny started talking to Lulu.

The point of view sh
I really, really liked this book until I got about a third of the way through. Starting with the positive points (of which there are many), I really enjoy Robert Cormier's writing. His constant use of sentence fragments, sometimes making up several sentences in a row, is a little unnerving at first, but I got used to it fairly quickly and found that it really added to the overall tone and immediacy of the novel. (I'm also a fiction writer, so I tend to notice things most readers don't pick up on ...more
Anna Christenson
Feb 05, 2016 Anna Christenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the middle of the night by Robert Cormier, is a very interesting book. It is about a boy named Denny. Denny's father was involved in a very bad accident and somebody out there cant forget it. These phone calls start every October. They call everyday trying to get information on Denny's father. Denny's father always tells Denny, if no one is home and the phone rings DO NOT PICK UP THE PHONE! Can you guess what Denny did? Read more to find out!
Lisa Lewis
Denny is being harassed because of the "sins of the father", even though his father was truly innocent. People effected by an event 25 years ago, in which Denny's father was also effected, decided that he should be blamed. Therefore, the father receives phone calls in the middle of the night, and those calls are anything but nice. Now that Denny is 16 years-old, he has begun receiving a call from one of the survivors of the horrible accident 25 years ago, and he wants to deal with the call in a ...more
Caitlin Thorpe
In the Middle of the Night
Robert Cormier
Paragraph #1: I liked the book. I liked the book because I read about a tragic accident that killed 22 children.
Paragraph #2: My favorite part was when Denny said "No Comment" after his dad who worked where the 22 kids were killed. My least favorite part is when Lulu tries to kill Denny. I recommend this book to people who like to read mystery/horror.
Feb 09, 2016 Breckin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Middle of the night is a very suspenseful book about a 16 year old boy named Denny Colbert, whose father who was in a bad accident that killed 22 kids. He cant drive and he can never answer the phone. Dennys family moves often so he is always starting at new schools. One day Denny answers the the phone with a mystery caller wanting revenge on Dennys family
Denny and his father keep getting phone calls in the middle of the night. Denny doesn't know why they are getting the phone calls, but the phone calls are linked to something in his fathers past. Read this interesting, suspenseful book to find out
Ray R. F.
Apr 03, 2015 Ray R. F. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book! It hooked me up since the Prologue. The ending was a little sharp and sudden and left me expecting more to read. It was suspencefull and an incredibly crafted story. A must read if you want a story that plays with your mind
internat librarian
There’s a powerful buildup to this story. And when the suspense takes over, it’s immediate and exciting. But the most lurid sections are very strange. They smother any chance for this to be a clear-cut scary fun or even scary shock read. The car crash, the cancer, the inspiration to torment innocent teenagers, and the teen’s embrace of torment: I’m not sure what to think about any of that.

Dawn and Nicole are parallels, the heart of gold fresh-faced girls who can see the innate goodness in the s
This book wasn't AMAZING and I didn't even pick it out myself; it was a book I had to read for book club. It was enjoyable though. I didn't expect it to be ANY good, because sadly I do judge books by their covers, and I had the book cover that contained a guy that was 1/2 cartoon and 1/2 real person. It looked like something from the 90's (which it is in fact) and I thought it would be weird and boring. It was pretty interesting though. It was a fast read (in about 2 and 1/2 hours i read it) and ...more
First off, I love Robert Cormier. I first read one of his books as required summer reading, which I loathed. But I actually credit his book, The Rag and Bone Shop, to why I started really loving reading. One thing I love about his books is they're so suspenseful, you cant put it down. And luckily, since his books are quite short - you can easily read them in 1 sitting and get this page-turning satisfaction of not having to draw it out a couple of days.

Although this wasnt his best book, I still
Jun 09, 2013 Lynley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, ya
This was published in 1996 when the Internet was in its infancy, but the themes of this story are probably even more relevant today than they were then. In 1996 it was only the true nutter who made up a separate identity at the end of a series of nuisance calls whereas today, online, anyone can be who they want to be.

I don't think this was one of Cormier's best books, partly because it was a little too obvious what was going on from about midway through. On the other hand, it took me longer than
Sarah Tilatitsky
Nov 02, 2010 Sarah Tilatitsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a sad beginning, sad middle and sad end. If you are the sentimental type, grab a box of tissues before reading this book. Yet, this is about a boy that will pay for his father's accident. Yes, it was an accident. No one knew that the balcony was so weak it would fall right off in a drop of a hat. There were no flashlights, and there were kids, and there was a noise. Yet, for a father's mistake, there is death, or revenge. I'm saying too much, so you should go read this book. I'm ju ...more
Derek Lauder
Nov 04, 2013 Derek Lauder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book as part of the mystery unit in my English class. I found that while it was a very well-written and profound read, I was able to see the ending coming from a mile away. Let's just say that if you know anything about Robert Cormier, and know the basic mechanics of mysteries, you'll be able to piece together the climax when you're only midway through the novel. It's a good book, but don't go in expecting a mystery that will knock you off your feet with surprises.
Madison Russell
Sep 30, 2011 Madison Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason why I rated this book the way i did is because the change between time periods was a bit confussing but over all it was a good book. The strengths woule have to be that the end of the chapers always ended good, they would usally be a cliff hanger. The weaknesses would have to be the connection with John Paul being a teenager and John being a fater to Denny. Yes, I would read another book by this author because I thought the book was well writen.
Vraj dave
Sep 30, 2011 Vraj dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i rate it this way because mostly the book was boring but it was a little interesting. The books strengths are the way it is writen because it keeps the reader interested in the book because of the the mestry of the book. i would not read another book because it was a ok ending not realy a happy ending.if you give your time to read the book the books ending should good because then people would think it was a waste of time,
Overall, I liked it. It had a really slow start, but once it finally got going, I liked it.

I loved the premise. A boy was involved/or not with a disaster that killed 22 children. This is the story 25 years later and how he is still paying for it. and how it affecting his family.

The story is really about the son and how he is dealing with all of this.
Tyler Thivener
I rated the book 2 stars because it wasn't my type of book.

A strength in my book is that it started off interesting with the explosion, but a weakness would be how it kept on changing between time periods.

I would probably not read another book by this author because i wasn't all interested in this book so i probably won't like any other one by him.
Jun 15, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this out from my own library and didn't, to be honest, expect too much. It was a very old copy that hadn't been checked out in years. But I was actually fascinated with this story! It was suspenseful, intriguing, and creepy - this little book definitely packs a punch!
Hussein mohamed Mohamed
I rated my book an two star because I dont like the time preiods in this book how it changes from one thing to another.One strength in this book is all the action thats happing one weakness in the book is the time preiods.Maybe because I did not read any other books the author made.
Nov 19, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It's small and an easy read. It kept my interest throughout. It is about forgiveness, or the lack thereof. And about consequences, bitterness, sadness and ultimately love. Although I guess I kind of saw the end coming I was still pleased with the way it ended.
Not much to say here, except that the book is entertaining and written in typical Cormier fashion (flashback, told from various characters' points of view). The story is a good one, and it weaves typical teen angst in with tragedy--a genre that Cormier always does well.
Jul 05, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-chosen
Not nearly as dark or scarring as his normal books but still fantastic. Denny's father was involved in a tragic accident 25 years ago that killed 22 children and even Denny feels the effects of it in his life. A great page turner.
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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