In the Middle of the Night
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dawn and Nicole are parallels, the heart of gold fresh-faced girls who can see the innate goodness ...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...more
—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 ...more
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, ...more
The point of view sh ...more
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.
Dawn and Nicole are parallels, the heart of gold fresh-faced girls who can see the innate goodness in the s ...more
Although this wasnt his best book, I still ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.