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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  205 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Des and Hannah and their children are a normal close-knit family or so it seems. And their young son, Sam, for all his brilliance, gives every sign of being a normal little boy. Then, quite suddenly, exactly a year after the death of the middle child, Laura, Sam starts to act peculiarly. His strange behaviour, treated at first as a 'he'll get over it' syndrome, soon takes ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published 1991 by Random House
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Rebecca McNutt
Nov 25, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Featuring a kid who's grief-stricken and now possessed by something demonic, Del-Del is a strange but wonderful story about overcoming loss and facing fears.
Aug 05, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
15 years on and it still scares the bejeebers out of me...
Oct 24, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it
A family devastated by the death of their daughter and sister from leukaemia now faces losing their young son Sam through his own chilling, violent, and malicious behaviour. Middle-child Beth narrates her family's journey though a hell induced by Sam and his many demons. Recommended by my 11 year old student, I was surprised by the complexity and depth of Del-Del. Beth provides insightful reflections of family dynamic, grief and sibling relationships and her determination to save her brother at ...more
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Apr 30, 2014 L.G. Estrella rated it really liked it
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I read this book when I was much younger, but returning to it now, it still retains much of its quality. Fans of the Exorcist will definitely see a few commonalities here, but what really sets the book apart is the simple horror it exudes. The book is written in simple, easy to follow prose, but it still manages to radiate a sense of horror that is up there with the best of them. Watching the family fall apart as things go from bad to worse is an almost visceral experience.

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Jul 10, 2012 Nat rated it it was amazing
Probably number 2 of my all time favourite books. Nothing like I'd normally think to read, but very glad I did. What's disturbing about it is the you really don't know what's real and what's not, cos that little kid is so clever. To get my full meaning you have to read it. It's just got an eerie spookiness to it without having to try hard. Being an Aussie I can relate to the Australian setting too but this could have been set anywhere. It's a really good insight into what a family goes thru when ...more
Taylor Williams
Sep 04, 2016 Taylor Williams rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was about 12-14 and it has always stuck with me. It still scares me when I think of it to this day. One that I will have to read again soon.
Kiara Love
Victor Kelleher’s book ‘Del Del’ is a well-plotted and engrossing portrayal of a child’s inability to cope with death, from an Australian whose novels has consistently been of interest. Kelleher completes this novel with the use of red herrings, visual imagery, first person and his fantastic way of dragging the problem out in a very suspenseful manner. It is a brilliantly crafted novel that creates and maintains suspense in an emotional and creative way; however it still contains a few flaws in ...more
Tara Calaby
I was spoiled for this, which meant that I couldn't enjoy it quite as much as I otherwise would have done. Still, it was a solid old-school style YA offering. This is the second Victor Kelleher I've read recently, and both novels have encouraged me to seek out more of his writing when I get the chance.

3.5 stars - would've been four, I think, if I'd not been spoiled.
Matt Wesolowski
Aug 07, 2013 Matt Wesolowski rated it it was amazing
Read this when I was about 11 years old. Amazing. Probably the book that got me into horror in the first place. Written for younger people but its darkness pulls no punches. Would recommend to anyone with a horror persuasion.
Aug 26, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
I read this book in one evening, because I really wanted to find out what was going on. Not the usual Kelleher fantasy, more a tense psychological study. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably re-read in the near future.
Jul 10, 2012 Rowena rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, teen-fiction
This book seriously freaked me out as a young teen but when I look back it was probably just my over active imagination :)
Haylee Read
Feb 08, 2014 Haylee Read rated it really liked it
I first read this book when I was eleven. I tried again when I was twelve. This book scared me so much I never finished it.

Time to try again.
Thoroughly creepy. I always loved this book, even if I was perhaps a little young the first time I read it.
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Victor Kelleher is an Australian author. Victor was born in London and moved to Africa with his parents, at the age of fifteen. He spent the next twenty years travelling and studying in Africa, before moving to New Zealand. Kelleher received a teaching degree in Africa and has taught in Africa, New Zealand and Australia. While in New Zealand, he began writing part time, prompted by homesickness ...more
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